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Canadiens get Palushaj from Blues

The St. Louis Blues, parent club of the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen, have acquired forward Matt D’Agostini from the Montreal Canadiens, parent club of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, in exchange for forward Aaron Palushaj.

Palushaj will report to Hamilton.

Palushaj, 20, recorded 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 44 games with the Rivermen this year. A native of Northville, Mich., Palushaj was drafted in the second round, 44th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Palushaj turned pro last spring after two seasons at the University of Michigan. He scored two goals in four regular-season games with Peoria at the end of the 2008-09 season and added one assist in four postseason matches.

D’Agostini, 23, has played in 40 games this season with Montreal, recording four points including two goals and two assists to go along with 26 penalty minutes. He had one assist in three AHL games with Hamilton earlier in the year.

D’Agostini, who won a Calder Cup championship as a rookie with Hamilton in 2007, has registered 14 goals and 11 assists in 94 career NHL games with Montreal. He will join the Blues this Thursday for their game in Dallas.