Canadiens ink goaltender Denis

The Montreal Canadiens, parent club of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, have announced the signing of free agent goaltender Marc Denis to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2008-09 season.

Denis, 30, is preparing for his 12th season as a professional. Last season, Denis appeared in 32 games with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals (11-17-2, 2.91 goals against average, .910 save percentage), and in 10 games with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning (1-5-0, 4.05 goals against average, .859 save percentage).

The Montreal native made his professional debut in 1996-97, when he competed in one NHL regular season game with the Colorado Avalanche and in four AHL postseason games with the Hershey Bears, who defeated Hamilton in the Calder Cup Finals to capture the championship.

Denis shows a record of 48 wins, 73 losses, 11 ties and two shootout losses, a 2.87 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and six shutouts in 131 career AHL regular-season games with Hershey and Norfolk.

In 348 career NHL regular season games with Colorado, Columbus, and Tampa Bay, the 6-1, 193-pound goaltender has a record of 112 wins, 179 losses, 28 ties and three overtime losses, with a 3.02 goals against average, a .902 save percentage and 16 shutouts.

Denis was originally drafted in the first round (25th overall) by Colorado in 1995.