Canadiens trade O'Byrne

Ryan O'Byrne was sent packing by the Canadiens to the Avalanche on Thursday. (QMI Agency/Eric Bolte)

Ryan O'Byrne was sent packing by the Canadiens to the Avalanche on Thursday. (QMI Agency/Eric Bolte)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:50 PM ET

MONTREAL -– The Montreal Canadiens traded little-used defenseman Ryan O’Byrne to the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday, for junior prospect Michael Bourvinal.

O'Byrne, a 26-year-old from Victoria, B.C., was unable to earn consistent ice time for the Habs, failing to record a point in three games this season. He did manage to dish out 11 hits while blocking five shots.

The 6'5, 234-pound blueliner has been a bit player since making his debut for the Canadiens partway through the 2007-2008 season. He has 16 career points, two of which were goals, to go with 181 penalty minutes and a -3 in 128 regular season games.

The 18-year-old Bournival shows promise as a pro, but the forward from Shawinigan, Que., has no top-level experience. He is the top scorer for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 24 points (10 goals and 14 assists) and 10 penalty minutes.

Bourvival, a 6'0, 187-pound centre, also scored one goal in two games for Team QMJHL at the 2010 Subway Super Series.


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