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Rookies Galchenyuk, Gallagher to start season in NHL after Habs make cuts

January 18, 2013 - 8:03 AM

MONTREAL - Rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher as well as veteran Mike Blunden will start the NHL season with the Montreal Canadiens.

The players survived cuts made Friday morning that saw forwards Michael Bournival, Gabriel Dumont, Louis Leblanc and Patrick Holland and defencemen Mike Commodore, Frederic St-Denis and Jarred Tinordi returned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 18-year-old Galchenyuk was selected third overall in the draft in June.

The jury had been out whether the centre/left-winger would stay with the Canadiens for the season or be returned to the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. He can play five NHL games without using up a year of eligibility for eventual free agency.

The five-foot-nine Gallagher was picked in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. The 20-year-old right-winger had 10 goals and 10 assists in 36 AHL games with Hamilton this season.

Blunden, 26, had two goals in 39 games for Montreal last season.

The cuts left Montreal at the roster limit of 23 players, but one will have to move when centre Petteri Nokelainen returns from a back injury.

The Canadiens open the lockout-shortened season at home Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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