(AP) The Montreal Canadiens have reached an agreement with the NHL that will see winger Sergei Samsonov loaned to the NHL to play each game against the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the 2006-07 season.
"We feel it's the best way to utilize his skills and give the fans full value for their entertainment dollar, ' said Bill Daly, NHL vice-president. "Plus it saves the Habs having to endure his ineptness against non-Bruin teams. It's a win-win situation"
Montreal will be given a free draft pick at the end of the 2007 NHL entry draft, the 31st overall pick.
"We look forward to having Sergei in the lineup when we face the Bruins," said Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau.