The Canadiens have recalled defenceman Ryan O’Byrne from the Hamilton Bulldogs after he played only two games since being sent down on Feb. 7.
The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports that head coach Guy Carbonneau was not happy with his defencemen after Saturday’s game. It’s unclear who might sit, but Patrice Brisebois played less than 10 minutes against the Senators.
Here is the team’s official release on O’Byrne’s recall:
The Montreal Canadiens announced today that defensemen Ryan O’Byrne has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
The 23-year-old rookie played 11 games with the Canadiens this season, scoring two points (2 assists) while delivering 20 hits and blocking 18 shots. He was assigned to Hamilton on February 7 after missing 16 games due to a hand injury suffered on December 28 in Florida. With Hamilton, O’Byrne registered eight points in 20 games (2 goals, 6 assists), a plus-3 and 49 penalty minutes.
O’Byrne will join the Canadiens on Sunday in Tampa Bay.