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Canadiens ink Desjardins, Blunden

The Montreal Canadiens, parent club of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, have signed goaltender Cedrick Desjardins and forward Mike Blunden to one-year, two-way contracts.

Desjardins, 26, played in 32 games with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters in 2011-12. He posted a 16-11-5 record and ranked third in the AHL in goals-against average (2.11) and first in save percentage (.932).

A native of Edmundston, N.B., Desjardins was part of the Canadiens organization between 2006 and 2010. The 2010 Second Team AHL All-Star has appeared in 148 career AHL games, going 80-44-11 with 14 shutouts. Desjardins has also made two career NHL appearances, winning both with Tampa Bay in 2010-11.

Blunden, 25, completed his seventh season in professional hockey in 2011-12, his first as a member of the Canadiens. In 39 games, the right winger tallied two goals and two assists, and also amassed eight points (three goals, five assists) in 17 games with the Bulldogs during the 2011-12 regular season.

In 257 career AHL games with Hamilton, Springfield, Syracuse, Rockford and Norfolk, Blunden has totaled 55 goals and 73 assists for 128 points. The 2005 second-round draft pick also has four goals and four assists in 90 NHL games with Montreal, Columbus and Chicago.