Breaking down the O?Byrne-Bournival trade

The media is 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?

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