Ouellet was recalled from AHL Laval to the taxi squad Sunday.
Ouellet will add depth on the blue line for the Canadiens' six-game road trip to Western Canada. The 27-year-old suited up in 12 NHL games last year, notching two assists and 24 hits.
Ouellet cleared waivers Monday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Ouellet could be assigned to AHL Laval, but his NHL experience makes him an ideal candidate for Montreal's taxi squad.
The Canadiens placed Ouellet on waivers Sunday, Matt Cudzinowski of the Canadiens' official site reports.
Ouellet now becomes a candidate for Montreal's taxi squad if he goes unclaimed. The 27-year-old defender split time between Montreal and AHL Laval in 2019-20. He had two goals and two assists over 12 games in the NHL and nine goals with 15 assists over 39 games in the AHL.
Ouellet signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with Montreal on Friday.
Ouellet split time between the NHL and AHL levels last season, and with a new two-way deal, it appears the Canadiens plan on using him in a similar fashion for the foreseeable future. The 27-year-old blueliner had two assists in 12 games with the Canadiens last season.
Ouellet produced a shorthanded assist and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Flyers in Game 5.
Ouellet helped out on Joel Armia's shorthanded tally in the first period. The 27-year-old Ouellet has just the one assist to go with 14 PIM, 21 hits, 20 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating through nine postseason games. He plays a limited role on the third pairing and shouldn't attract much attention from fantasy managers.
Ouellet (undisclosed) is skating for the first time since training camp started Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
It isn't clear what kept Ouellet sidelined up until this point, but the fact he's now skating indicates he should be an option for the Canadiens once postseason play gets underway. However, he'll be a longshot to crack the lineup during Montreal's qualifying round matchup with the Penguins after getting into just 12 games with the big club during the regular season.
Ouellet was missing from Monday's camp session and was classified as "unable to practice" per John Lu of TSN.ca.
Ouellet played in just 12 games for the Habs this season, in which he recorded two assists, eight shots and four PIM. Even if healthy, the 26-year-old defenseman is unlikely to jump into the lineup and will likely spend the postseason watching from the press box either way.
Ouellet recorded just two points (both assists) in 12 NHL contests prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
The blueliner hasn't scored a goal at the NHL level since he found twine thrice in 2016-17 with Detroit. Ouellet has been far more proficient at the AHL level, putting up nine goals and 24 points in 39 games this year with the Laval Rocket. That type of production would translate to fantasy utility in the NHL, but until that happens, the France native carries no value for virtual squads.
Ouellet (concussion) was activated from IR and is expected to play Saturday against the Hurricanes, per the NHL media site.
Ouellet was cleared for contact Saturday morning and will be back in the lineup after three games on the mend. The French blueliner has one point and 18 hits over seven NHL games this year. He's expected to draw onto the bottom pairing.
Ouellet (concussion) has been cleared for contact, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Ouellet, who has missed the last three games, took part in Friday's practice session. He replaced Shea Weber on the top pair in practice while Weber took a therapy day.
Ouellet (concussion) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Ouellet is in the NHL's concussion protocol and there's currently no timeline for his return. The 26-year-old blueliner has only picked up one assist in seven games while serving in a depth role for the Canadiens this season, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his recovery.
Ouellet suffered a concussion during Thursday's overtime win over the Capitals, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Ouellet departed in the first period after skating in just two shifts in the game, as he was hit into the boards head-first by Garnet Hathaway. The 26-year-old will now be placed in the league's concussion protocol, and he'll have to gain clearance before re-entering the lineup. Expect another update in the coming days, but at this point, it's unlikely that Ouellet suits up in Saturday's game against Ottawa.
Ouellet suffered an upper-body injury and won't return to Thursday's game against the Capitals, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The 26-year-old went head-first into the boards after he was crunched by Garnet Hathaway in the first period. Ouellet was forced to leave after seeing just 1:04 of ice time in the game. The team will roll with five defensemen for the remainder of the contest, and expect an update on Ouellet's health prior to Saturday's game against Ottawa.
Ouellet had an assist, two shots, two hits and a blocked shot over 10:38 of ice time in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Maple Leafs.
Ouellet picked up the primary assist on Marco Scandella's goal late in the third period that sent the game into overtime. It was Ouellet's first game since being called up from AHL Laval on Thursday, and he filled in for Christian Folin on the third pairing. Ouellet and Folin were called up this week while Montreal dealt with an injury to Shea Weber (lower body) and an illness to Victor Mete. Given that Mete has played the last two games, either Ouellet or Folin may be sent back this week. The one that doesn't will likely stick around until Weber is ready to play.
Montreal recalled Ouellet from AHL Laval on Thursday.
Shea Weber (undisclosed) and Victor Mete (illness) are both considered questionable for Thursday's matchup with Anaheim, so Ouellet will be on hand to round out the Canadiens' depth at defense against the Ducks. The 26-year-old has notched 24 points in 39 AHL appearances this season.
The Canadiens placed Ouellet on waivers Thursday for the purpose of reassignment, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Ouellet was on the opening-night roster last season and played 19 games for the big club before finishing up with AHL Laval. If not claimed by another NHL team by noon Friday, Ouellet will report to Laval to open the 2019-20 season.
Ouellet agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Montreal on Monday.
Ouellet logged just 19 games with the Habs this season, in which he tallied three helpers, 32 shots and 13 PIM while averaging a mere 17:01 of ice time. The blueliner was significantly more productive with AHL Laval, where he notched seven goals and 21 assists in 47 contests. The 25-year-old will likely have a hard time breaking into the lineup over Noah Juulsen, Brett Kulak or Victor Mete and figures to spend the bulk of the year in the minors.
Ouellet cleared waivers and will report to AHL Laval, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Ouelett was cleared off the roster for the expected return of Noah Juulsen, who has missed eight games with a facial fracture. The Rocket will now roster three defensemen that began the season in the NHL -- Ouellet, Karl Alzner and Victor Mete.
Ouellet was placed on waivers by the Habs on Friday.
The decision to try to get Ouellet to the minors is a good indication that Noah Juulsen (face) is nearing a return to the lineup and could be activated off injured reserve ahead of Sunday's clash with Chicago. If the 25-year-old Ouellet clears, which is no guarantee considering his modest $700,000 cap hit, he will be sent down to AHL Laval and could find himself in the minors for a while before getting another shot with Montreal.
Ouellet started in place of the injured Noah Juulsen (face) on Wednesday. He finished with four shots, two hits, a blocked shot and was minus-2 over 18:29 of ice time in a 5-2 loss to the Devils.
Juulsen is out indefinitely, so Ouellet should get ice time at least until Shea Weber (knee) is set to return. However, none of Montreal's blueliners walked away from Wednesday's game with their head held high. "Well, our back end had a tough night ... there's no doubt about that," coach Claude Julien told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette following the game. The defense coughed up pucks in its own zone and allowed the Devils unfettered access to goalie Carey Price. Weber's return will help, but there may be more changes coming, which might give Ouellet a regular gig.
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