First off: Ryan O’Byrne has been dealt to the Colorado Avalanche who have recently been struck with injuries to their defense corps. The return is Michael Bournival who currently plays in the QMJHL for the Shawinigan Cataractes. It’ll be a while before Bournival will be anywhere near the NHL, but he does serve as another boost to the Canadiens’ roster of prospects.
O’Byrne will be remembered as a guy who never could take full advantage of the chances he was given at the NHL level with the Canadiens. To be sure, he has the potential to be a force. But we’ve all waited for him to step up – with no indication that he was ever going to be more than a 7th defenseman. The emergence of PK Subban, and to a smaller extent Alex Picard, spelled the end for O’B who despite his physical attributes was never capable of getting up to speed. That said, there is no question that given the opportunity to play games without the fear of being replaced after every mistake could be exactly what O’B needs. He’s going to get that opportunity in Colorado, and I wish him the best.
Can you believe its already the 16th game of the season? Its gone by quick. Montreal has been up and down, and yet they find themselves in 3rd place heading into tonight’s rivalry game against the Bruins in Boston. Considering the two clubs I would normally warn of a tightly played game with a heavy lean towards defense – although Boston put up 5 goals in the third period of their game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh last evening. The Bruins were able to overcome a 4-2 deficit in the 3rd period to blow out the Pens. It may still be early in the season to be hoping for losses for our divisional rivals, but it is crazy to think that the Penguins could blow a 4-2 lead that badly in the 3rd period!
What do you guys think about the O’B trade? Do you think this had anything to do with the “attempted” waive of Dustin Boyd? Is PG clearing cap space?