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From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:
Avs sign O’Byrne
Two years, $3.6 million
The media are having fun today, as we (finally) have a trade. The Montreal Canadiens ship out a $1.4 million cap hit in Ryan O’Byrne to the desperate Colorado Avalanche, in exchange for prospect Michael Bournival.
So, the question that follows every trade: who wins?
In this case, both teams. O’Byrne has been a healthy scratch since the third game of the year, and was taking up valuable cap room (and press box room, too - he’s a big boy at 6’5’‘!). Colorado, after starting four rookies on defence last night, get a defenceman who can slide in and play. The Habs get a strong prospect, former third rounder Michael Bournival, who at 18 still has lots of room for development. Bournival is a top 20 scorer in the QMJHL and a darkhorse to make the Canadian Junior team this winter.
Quite simply, Alex Picard stole Ryan O’Byrne’s job, and believe me, the Canadiens have enough big and slow defencemen as it is. Good for Ryan O’Byrne though, as he never complained and now gets a chance to play. After losing his mother to cancer early last year, O’Byrne has had a rough ride in Montreal. All the best to a classy hockey player, who I still believe can stick as a number five or six defenceman in the NHL.
The bigger question now: what will the Canadiens do next?
A great effort Friday night by the newly christened PhD line (Mathieu Darche and Jeff Halpern both have university degrees) resulted in two goals for Benoit Pouliot and a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, who still have yet to win a game in Buffalo this season.
Saturday night, however, an expectedly tired Canadiens club put in a shoddy effort for two periods, and lost 3-2 to the visiting Ottawa Senators. Brian Elliott was good in net for Ottawa, but Alex Kovalev was better up the ice, scoring two goals and tallying an assist against his former club. L’Artiste was, of course, first star on the night.
Two positives from this weekend: a goal by Brian Gionta, who had not scored in eight games, and the play of Pouliot-Halpern-Darche, which has helped keep the Canadiens competitive as their second line and power play has struggled.
While the Habs have looked fairly good in this young season, a few problems are obvious. Firstly, the defence: it’s far too slow.
The Canadiens head into Buffalo tonight to take on their Northeast Division rivals. While the lineup is relatively the same, the Canadiens have made a couple of tweaks. One involves their first line.
As you’ve probably heard by now, François Gagnon of La Presse exclusively broke the story late last week that Brian Gionta was to be named the 28th captain of the Montreal Canadiens. While I don’t doubt the veritability of the news there is still no official announcement from the Habs, and they insist a decision still has yet to be made. If it is Gionta, it will be the safe choice, the expected choice and a good choice. A quiet leader who excels in big game situations, Gionta is respected by his teammates and willing to take the team on his back. That said, such a decision will be a disappointment to some who hoped that veteran rearguard Andrei Markov would get the nod, given his tenure with the Canadiens and his own ability to lead through on ice performance.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Last Sunday, Lorelei O’Byrne succumbed to cancer at age 56, her spirit strong, but body no longer able to resist her disease. At her bedside in Victoria was her husband, Dave, and her daughter, Krystal….
“My dad called the rink to leave a message. ‘Call home,’ it said,” O’Byrne recalled yesterday, speaking quietly after Canadiens practice.
“It’s the phone call you’re expecting, but it’s one you dread. It was a sad day. It had been a long battle for my mom, a long fight.” He cleared his throat once, then again. It had been only five days since his mother had died, but O’Byrne was ready to share these memories.
“I knew she was going to pass away, but it always comes sooner than you hope,” he said. “She put up a long, hard battle. She was a strong woman.” O’Byrne had gone home to Victoria last month, his 10-day leave from the Canadiens described then as “family reasons.” His plan had been to spend four or five days with his mother, who by then was in the final stages of her illness.
But his general manager suggested otherwise.
“Bob Gainey told me to take a step back and take more time with my family,” O’Byrne said. “He encouraged me to take as much time as I needed.
The Canadiens lost to the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout.
from the CP via the Toronto Star,
Charges levied against a Montreal Canadiens defenceman following an incident at a Tampa Bay nightclub last February have been dropped.
Ryan O’Byrne had been charged with grand theft.
State attorney Pam Bondi says the charges against the Victoria, B.C., native were dropped after he read an apology in court to the victim and agreed to do community service in Canada.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and Tom Kostopoulos were arrested yesterday, and the first thing that jumped out at me as I read the police report was the time and place of the incident - 3 a.m. outside a bar.
Over the years, we’ve seen numerous stories about athletes running afoul of the law. The offences have run the gamut from players urinating in alleys to incidents where people have been killed. The two constants in many of those cases have been alcohol and late hours.
How come these incidents nev er take place at 3 p.m. in a library?
The legal system will decide whether O’Byrne is guilty of third-degree grand theft and whether Kostopoulos was out of bounds when he went to the defence of his teammate and was charged with resisting arrest without violence.
But the two have already been subjected to the court of public opinion and they’re both guilty of being stupid.