O’Byrne suffers broken thumb in fight

Ryan O’Byrne
Costly fight in Florida

Canadiens rookie defenceman Ryan O’Byrne broke his right thumb in a fight against Tanner Glass late in the third period of Friday night’s 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

O’Byrne has returned to Montreal. Mark Streit will move to defence for the road trip-ending Sunday night game against the Rangers in New York.

Kyle Chipchura, a healthy scratch for the two games in Florida, will centre the Canadiens’ fourth line with Mathieu Dandenault and Tom Kostopoulos.

Cristobal Huet will make his third consecutive start in goal for the Canadiens.


  1. showey47 says:

    not saying he would be a good coach, he would just hurt us less as a coach then he would as a player. By coaching i mean opening the bench doors and handing out towels.

  2. Ed says:

    Can anyone explain how there is no instigator on that last fight. The Florida player came a long ways just to fight O’Byrne. It was preplanned.

  3. linp says:

    It was quite a game. The Pat’s defense looked weak in the first half. No pass rush on Manning. The offensive line was weak also. Brady was rushing the flow until the 4th quarter. The two 15 yards penalties resulted in 2 touch downs. That is not Patriot like football. Still they have enough to pull out a victory. Kudos to them.
    What makes Patriot great is not only they have good players, their coaches know how to adjust the game plan. They were down by 12 points and Brady was being rushed. They put their Tie-end to help out the O-line in the 4th quarter. Once Brady had more time, they scored 22 straight points. It shows that coaches are vital to a team’s success.

  4. Chuck says:

    Laffs lose to yet another back-up goaltender. What a shame.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  5. The Teacher says:

    And the Patriots have just run the exact same play to break every single modern day individual QB and WR records. Wow, what a team. to run the same play twice and connect. Wow.

    Can we transfer it to the Habs someway?

  6. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I breathed twice. I hope it’s ok.

  7. WindsorHab-10 says:


  8. WindsorHab-10 says:


  9. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Another reason why this team needs an enforcer. Can’t afford to lose the likes of O’Byrne for any games.

  10. WindsorHab-10 says:

    You forgot Greg Millen, my brother-in-law & TSN.

  11. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I knew the Leafs stunk but I didn’t know they really stunk.

  12. CHsam says:

    Ovechkin = Senator killer

  13. Alirio says:

    Here! Here!




    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  14. Les-Habitants says:

    lol, i was about to post the exact same thing

  15. sidhu says:

    Best Leafs Game Ever

  16. Forlando says:

    Darn, broken thumb could easily mean 3 weeks out maybe up to 6….any doctors in the room? I don’t like this.

  17. idle says:

    Timo, I feel the same way about your posts as you do about Brisbois :)

  18. Smart Dog says:

    I’ve heard this before. What would make Brisebois a good coach? I’m curious.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  19. AdamG says:

    rough break. o’byrne has looked much better these past two games. and wow: third straight game habs get a team coming off a game the night before.

  20. vic says:

    He has to learn to throw the punches straighter

  21. sidhu says:

    Props to OB for standing up for himself — I’m sure he gained a lot of points in the dressing room (and with the broader Habs community) by taking on the two Florida dolts. Here are the fights:


  22. Higgins21 says:

    Hear, hear

  23. sidhu says:

    Carbo may not be on crack afterall, he’s assembled four lines that skate hard and work well together, and he did the sensible thing in placing Streit on D and putting Chipper back in the lineup.

    We can breathe a collective sigh of relief — no Brisebois in the lineup.

  24. Higgins21 says:

    Every time I see Kerry Fraser doing a Habs game, I fear for the worst. Last night at least they won. And I agree with your Toronto comment. Four blind mice.

  25. Higgins21 says:

    Too bad about O’Byrne. He has impressed me so far.

    Isn’t it different not to have a Habs’ game on Sat. night? See that the Loafs are dressing Belak to address Avery and Orr. Could be interesting. Hope they beat each other up and leave the Rangers worn out for tomorrow night.

    Go Habs Go!

  26. CHsam says:

    Maybe he should give Aaron Downey a call to talk shop about issues concerning the art of hockey fighting lol

  27. ColRouléBleu says:

    Yes, Carbo confirmed it on rds

  28. linp says:

    Everything has a silver lining. O’Byrne is big and strong enough to be a policeman. Now that he has some time off, he should study how to fight on the ice. At least how to protect yourself and avoid getting injury. He could become more valuable to the team.

  29. RH says:

    May sound kind of callous but, I wonder if the trainers are going to try and see if O’Byrne can have at least some maneuverability with a broken thumb? He may not have much of a shot but, if he can clear guys from in front of the net, pass the puck with accuracy and basically do everything a defenseman does, except for the hard shots from the point, it might be worth considering.

  30. 24 Cups says:

    The injuries to O’Byrne and Smolinski mean that we don’t have to make a decision on a roster spot for at least another month. And that’s assuming Brisebois is back and ready to go by then. It’s quite possible (and probable) that we will have one player on the injury list at any given time for the rest of the year. If so, then we don’t have to adjust the roster and Brisebois can finish out the year as a substitute 7th defenseman and insurance for the playoffs. As I stated earlier in the day, for now it makes sense to go with Streit on defense (playing with Hamrlik).

    The Original 24 Cups

  31. Chuck says:

    Merely a flesh wound. Tape it up and walk it off.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  32. showey47 says:

    i know breezer isn’t a top 4 d but carbo uses him like one, i just feel breezer would help us more behind the bench as an assistant coach then he does on the ice.

  33. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Not the news we were looking for. Hopefully he will not miss too much time.

  34. Ian G Cobb says:

    Brisebois will be alright, he was never a #1,2,3 or even 4th D. He is a liabilaty at times, but nobody works harder at his game than him. Cut him some slack. He can play a lot better than some in this league!

  35. Smart Dog says:

    Thanks Paul. Carbo said he’s going to go with the hot hand… I guess unless he thinks Price has sat too long. But the way Huet is playing – you’d think he’d leave him there. The guy was a wall last night. Fantastic to see him back in full form!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  36. Keith says:

    I don’t know. All I know is he fought three times and in my view that makes him a very valuable commodity on a small team like the Habs. In short he is a warrior.

  37. Ian G Cobb says:

    Hi Paul, Yep, good time. Holiday here every day now that i have retired. Drive school bus just to get back to childhood and up in the morning.

    So far so good with the Jr,s, – 1 zip

    Talk at you later

  38. Hoegarden says:

    Not to worry Showey, last I read, his shoulder is still bothering him enough to be out for another two/three weeks.

  39. JF says:

    I would expect to see Huet again on Sunday. Carbo said the other day that he would go with the winning goaltender. Why replace Huet when he is playing so well?

  40. showey47 says:

    Please no brisebois, i will guess streit goes back to defence and chipper back in the lineup

  41. cautiousoptimist says:

    Does that mean he broke his thumb in his first 3rd period fight, and then not only stayed in the game but fought again!? Whatta guy. Reminds me of when Ryan Smyth took a puck to the teeth, lost two of them, scooped them up off the ice, missed two shifts, and then came back to score the game-winning goal in an Edmonton playoff game a few years back.

  42. paul b says:

    carb.will raise the banner (: (soon)

    Hi Ian .did you have a good holiday ,we are getting alot of snow here I was out most of the day with the snowblower.I really enjoyed the 2 games this week makes a big difference on here to read these comments ,have to go and watch the junior games .

  43. paul b says:

    carb.will raise the banner (: (soon)

  44. paul b says:

    Smart dog, nice to see you back…O’Byrne is tough and I expect him back sooner than most.who do you guys think play net on sunday?

  45. Keith says:

    I wonder if he broke his thumb when he pulled that guy’s helmut off in the first fight he had. Very unfortunate, he was starting to really get more comfortable out there after a few hiccups on defense but I just love his physical play, excellent hip check last night. I think the guy has tremendous upside. GO HABS GO!!!

    And GO CANADA GO!!!

  46. Ian G Cobb says:

    Not to worry Boy’s & Girls, he won’t be out to long, and besides the Mtl. Canadians have depth in the organisation for the first time in many years! Thanks Mr. Gainey

  47. RH says:

    I just don’t know what it is. I’ve always found the Patriots a boring franchise. Other than Brady, I couldn’t tell you who else is on that team. Whenever someone would start talking Patriots, I’d just tune out……………….uh………..what was I talking about now? Oh yeah! The undefeated NHL team was actually a tongue-in-cheek comment but, I guess, humour isn’t for everyone. Hey, since I’ve obviously drawn your ire, allow me to give you some fodder for your insulting pleasure. I’ve been a Bears fan, for the last twenty odd years, through thick, but mostly, thin. So there you go. Have at ‘er.

  48. Smart Dog says:

    Way to go Gorges! How long has it been since a Hab broke a thumb against someone’s face. Too long! Almost brings a tear to my eye…. Come to think of it, that means Dandy or Streit or – ulp! – Breeze-bye will be on D. Okay, now I AM crying!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  49. Shawn S says:

    Damn. Even when we win in Florida we lose. At least Chips can find his way out of the pressbox.

  50. RH says:

    No surprises. Congrats to the boring Patriots. I’ll really be impressed when a team goes undefeated in the NHL though.

  51. Higgins21 says:

    Here’s hoping that the entire Tronna contingent has a very bad night and a very bad 2008. In no particular order:-
    Mats Sundin
    Darcy Tucker
    Bob Cole
    Stephen Walkom
    Don Cherry
    Andrew Raycroft
    Paul Maurice
    Wade Belak
    Ron MacLean
    Colin Campbell
    Larry Tanenbaum
    John Ferguson Jr.
    Nik Antropov
    Gary Bettman
    Harry Neale
    Jason Blake
    Kyle Wellwood
    Tomas Kaberle
    Carlo Colaiacovo
    Pavel Kubina
    Hal Gill
    Bryan McCabe
    Ian White
    Chad Kilger
    Richard Peddie
    Keith Acton
    Randy Ladouceur
    NHL war room employees
    Dallas Eakins
    Paul Dennis
    Steve McKichan
    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund
    Wendel Clark
    Rick Vaive
    George Armstrong
    Peter Ihnacak
    Clint Malarchuk
    John Pohl
    Alexei Ponikarovsky
    Alex Steen
    Matt Stajan
    Glenn Healy
    Darryl Sittler
    Mark Bell
    Boyd Devereaux
    Andy Wozniewski
    Jiri Tlusty
    CBC Sports
    Vesa Toskala
    Elliott Madore
    All the cookie-cutter Maple Loaf wannabe referees and linesmen

  52. Ed says:

    This is obviously not good news. He was very strong last night, & I loved that hard hit along the boards. Hopefully, he won’t be out too long.

  53. Bill H says:

    How long does a broken thumb take to heal? Its got to be a lot worse than a finger. Well, good teams persevere through tough times and injuries like this. Its a bad break for O’Byrne though. He was starting to look pretty comfortable out there.

  54. Hoegarden says:

    Yet another reason why Gorges is a keeper (he’s been suggested in numerous trades earlier)….

  55. likehoy says:

    dandy or streit’s got move back on D…prob streit…but he’s on fire as a forward!

  56. Cdnman1 says:

    I’d like to know why Kreps didn’t get an instigator penalty including a nice fine for Martin!!!!

    He clearly came off the bench with a mission to get O’Byrne!

    O’Byrne did a nice job holding his ground last night. He is going to be a great defenseman for lots of years to come.

    Number 25 in 2009

  57. The Teacher says:

    Umm. didn’t you hear the 2007-2008 newsflash?

    “Officiating will continue to decline and become even more of a joke than it was in years past”

    Thank you.

  58. 24 Cups says:

    Kreps and Campbell, two slugs for Florida, go out and take cheap shots at our guys when the game is lost and out of reach. Sigh, it never ends. Don Cherry must be smiling.

    Volchenkov has missed 13 games in Ottawa with a broken finger and is still on the IR list. It’s probably too early to tell with O’Byrne but he could be gone for awhile. Dandy hasn’t played defense all year and he was no great shakes back there last year. Logic would dictate moving Streit back to defense and dressing Chipchura.

    I guess this injury means that Gainey won’t have to make a roster move for a month or so. At least not until O’Byrne and Smolinski return from the IR list.

    Question – Am I right in assuming that the maximum number of players on any roster is 23? (excluding injuries). Dave, Kevin, or Mike could you please clarify this point for us? Thanks.

    The Original 24 Cups

  59. J.T. says:

    Yes, the maximum number of players on an NHL roster is 23. That excludes any player placed on injury reserve. The Canadiens are currently carrying the full 23, with Smolinski on injury reserve as the 24th. If O’Byrne is place on injury reserve, they can call up someone from Hamilton until either O’Byrne or Smolinski is activated.

  60. J.T. says:

    That’s just too bad. He had one of his strongest games last night, I thought. Hopefully, it’s an injury that can be splinted up and played through. Otherwise, I guess Streit’s back on D with Hamrlik. They were a good pair in pre-season, and Streit looked like a legitimate top-four playing with Hammer. I’m assuming neither Carle nor Valentenko is ready for a call-up.

  61. Sulemaan says:

    It’s unfortunate he broke his thumb but at least he sent the message he will not back down. It’s about time people got more fearful of our defence. When O’Byrne gets healthy he will be back in the lineup again.

    My Saturday Morning Quarterback suggestion is to move Dandenault back to defence and put Chipchura back on the 4th line for the Rangers game if O’Byrne is out. (Dandenault hasn’t done much in the past few games as a forward.)

  62. J.T. says:

    True, Dandenault hasn’t done much lately at forward, but based on his play last year and in preseason on D, I’d say he’d do even less if placed on the blueline. At least at forward he’s not hurting anything. At defence he has the potential to cost the team some games. I’d put Streit back there at number four with Hammer.

  63. The Teacher says:

    PLEASE don’t put Dandy back on D.

    Thank you.

  64. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I agree with moving Dandenault. I like Streit right where he is.

  65. Habs-Kat says:

    I don’t think they’d want to call up anyone right now. As if their decision-making job isn’t hard enough right now with Smolinski and Brisebois coming back soon.

  66. The Teacher says:

    The decision making process is going to be hard? Seems pretty simple to me at this point!

  67. mbplekfan says:

    Brisebois is not coming back, please dont say such hurtful things.

  68. 24 Cups says:

    I agree Kat-Woman. We can hardly find room to play the guys we have now on our roster. Why bother calling up someone from the farm just to have another player sit in the pressbox. By the way, you may want to change your favourite player profile before tomorrow night’s game. The guys on this site will turn on you in a heartbeat if he lights it up and has a big game against us. Just ask Carbo – he knows how fickle they can be:-)

    The Original 24 Cups

  69. The Teacher says:

    Ever since Jagr suffered 2 broken teeth and stayed in the game, I have a newfound respect for him.

    Although the fact that you don’t have one player from the Habs on your favorites list IS surprising 😛

  70. Smart Dog says:

    I read that too. It also said:

    “The NHL is considering turning away from the video review and going to ‘coin-toss’ or even to ‘random judgment calls’. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says fan voting has also been suggested ‘and will meet full consideration’.”

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  71. The Teacher says:

    I don’t know about fan-voting, cause that would seem to favour us, no?

    but yeah, random and coin tossing sounds up to snuff :)

  72. The Teacher says:

    I wish the Habs would have enough courage to play it over the P.A. system when we are getting shafted.

  73. ColRouléBleu says:

    Streit either!

  74. Smart Dog says:

    Too bad Chips can’t play D.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  75. Smart Dog says:

    I went over to NHL.com to see where Huet was in terms of save %. He’s #1 in the league. Of course he sees more rubber than most! But that’s how good Huet is… the BEST! We’re lucky to have him.

    Looking for the goalie stats I came across this – the “NHL Stats Machine”:
    Sounds exciting! Has anyone seen it? It’s the worst piece of crap and entire waste of code I’ve ever seen. What a joke! It makes simple numbers into these ugly bar charts that are almost unreadable. The league really should be more careful what it puts its name behind… I can see the meeting where this was suggested – what a great name “the NHL STATS MACHINE”… Then some junior coder was assigned to do it. And like everything else it’s the execution that counts. And in this case it’s a disgrace. Poor planning, poorer execution.

    Hey, we’re winning – not much else to complain about! LOL

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  76. Naila Jinnah says:

    Oh no!!! Sucks for Burner, but I’m glad Chipchura’s back in the lineup.
    At least all his friends will be back in town by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around…

  77. habsgod says:

    let’s hope o’byrne is a quick healer and gets back out there quick!!he’s nicely becoming our #4 defenceman!!i like the look of our top 4 with o’byrne!!


    that’s not a bad top 4!infact i think it is real solid and the best top 4 in the division and eastern conference!!!now if we could only do something with the 5th and 6th spots on the defence!btw i love the new lines!!memo to CARBO:keep these lines together!and don’t change them even if one of the new lines struggle!!and the cristowal is back!!way to go huet!!

  78. Forlando says:

    Umm actually I like a lot the way Gorges and Bouillon are playing…so for me D is as good as it gets in the whole league if you consider all 6

  79. mar-lin says:

    I’m somewhat conflicted in regards to the enforcer thing. I think with our current crop of defencemen we can handle our own for the rest of the season. An enforcer is now required to do more in this league. Take Chris Neil for example, this guy is one of the top players in his catagory. They can play him on the first line and he actualy handles himself fairly well. Having an enforcer on the team just for the sake of clubbing a few skulls is a waste of a valuable roster spot. Besides one of our last enforcers didn’t fair much better than O’Byrne (Ivanans…1 fight and done). Dropping the gloves is always a risk, i do agree however that maybe some coaching could help our boys in avoiding the I/R. Maybe give Chris “knuckles” Nilan a call…now he was a good one!!

    As for player movement…Dandy on the fourth line is better for sure. If all he does is grind and hustle, then that’s the perfect spot for him. Besides it gives Streit More time on the point and the oportunity to pinch more as well. I’m glad Prinze Jr. is back…should be a good one tonight!


    go habs go!

  80. downeast hab says:

    Ottawa game was a pleasure to watch, lots of goals, It was a game where on one in their seats were dunched.To bad there are not acouple of players on each team like OV.If there were,then the trap system would not exist. Those leaf fans looked like someone from the zombie movie. But the look suited them.

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