O’Byrne sent to Hamilton

The Canadiens announced right before the game on Thursday that rookie defenceman Ryan O’Byrne has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

This is likely a conditioning stint as O’Byrne continues his recovery from a broken thumb. He was at the Canadiens’ practices this week and appears ready to return to action.

He will rejoin the Bulldogs on Friday. 


  1. showey47 says:

    i wish he was playing right now, breezer is gonna be the death of me

  2. Sulemaan says:

    You and me both.

  3. 24 Cups says:

    Showey – You’re right as usual. I wish I hadn’t opened this thread!

    The Original 24 Cups

  4. habsgod says:

    i’ll second that boy is he a bum!

  5. Corio says:

    Really confused as to why they are sending him down, he is clearly a better ‘D’ then Brisebois!

  6. coutNY says:

    For a conditioning stint is my thoght… he should be up after a few games. Especailly as we get deeper and injuries and illness start to reer their ugly head!

  7. RS says:

    This was a given. He needs to get back in game shape.

  8. habsgod says:

    ryan i hope your conditioning stint is short we need you back badly!!and we need hammer back quickly then brise-by can park his carcass in the pressbox where it belongs!

  9. Hobie Hansen says:

    Let’s hope O’Byrne has a quick conditioning stint with Hamilton and can round into form before the stretch drive. It would be a tough call between him and Georges for that 6th spot on the blue line, Georges might get the nod for now as he’s playing almost mistake free hockey.I’d imagine Gainey has his eyes on a few defensemen heading towards the deadline.

  10. nightmare_49 says:

    Hobie – I don’t think there will be any competition for a spot for O’Bey as Gorges is really playing well and O’Bey will take Streit’s spot as he is too soft but a more than capable forward where he’ll play lw/rw. This is the correct move in sending O’Bey to Hamilton not so much for conditioning , he’s been skating with the team for awhile , but to get his timing back which is so important for a big man. The last few games have proved that we need a big physical veteran stay at home defenceman to help Gorges, Cube and O’Bey down the stretch. I backed Breezer’s signing at the start of the season and he helped for awhile but our young “D” have caught up to him and he’s gone south so he’s expendable.

  11. 24 Cups says:

    I have no problem with O’Byrne going to Hamilton to get in game shape. He could stay there for the Habs road trip and then come back for the Philly home and home series on Feb 16 & 17. We’ll need his size and muscle for those two games. Streit can go up front and Brisebois can sit.

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  12. Bill H says:

    Yes, O’Byrne has been skating with the Habs for awhile now. I agree that the trip to Hamilton is more about getting his timing. Maybe a bit of game conditioning as well. I expect it to be a short stay in Hamilton. 2 games maybe.

  13. von says:

    Canadiens sign free-agent Trotter
    Montreal Canadiens

    TSN.ca Staff

    2/7/2008 9:17:22 PM

    The Montreal Canadiens have signed free-agent forward Brock Trotter to a three-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

    The 20-year-old Trotter played in 24 games with the University of Denver Pioneers, his third season with the NCAA team. He led the team with 31 points in 24 games (13 goals, 18 assists), and registered 18 penalty minutes.

    He will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday.

  14. showey47 says:

    sounds like a good hockey player, sure wish he was bigger though.

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