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01-12-2009, 10:50 AM
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Anyone have info on O'byrne?

How's he doing in the minors? I see he's got 6 games played, 0 points, 0 plus minus but stats don't say everything. He's not a point producer but does anyone watch hamilton games and know if he's playing some solid hockey? I know he's the last thing on anyone's mind but still, let's avoid the o'byrne sucks comments. He may very well be a full time roster player next year for us or maybe even return this year, we don't know yet, anything's possible.

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01-12-2009, 10:53 AM
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I'm sure getting send down was probably a downer for him much like it was fox MaxPac.

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Lever said on Friday he was happy to have him back for the physical play and mentioned that the other big D seem to be taking a cue from that.

Hamilton's defense is huge with O'B, Belle, Henry and Dan Jan. Belle is listed at 6'1" but looks and plays like 6'5". Similar to the Calder Cup run team in the way they punish opposition forwards down low.

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How's he doing in the minors? I see he's got 6 games played, 0 points, 0 plus minus but stats don't say everything. He's not a point producer but does anyone watch hamilton games and know if he's playing some solid hockey? I know he's the last thing on anyone's mind but still, let's avoid the o'byrne sucks comments. He may very well be a full time roster player next year for us or maybe even return this year, we don't know yet, anything's possible.
I've been keeping a close eye on him since I think I've become president and sole memeber of the Ryan O'Byrne fan club. He's looked better with each passing game, has actually had some shots on goal, one or two big hits, he was out there in the final minute on Friday night when trying to protect the SO for Lacasse. But he still at times struggles with passing it up the boards for an icing.

The Habs will need to make a decision on him soon since he is not in Hamilton on loan, he's down for a conditioning stint which is only 2 weeks but can be longer if he agrees to it, as he will still get paid his NHL salary.

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Who cares,he will soon be a member of the tampa bay lightning

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I've been keeping a close eye on him since I think I've become president and sole memeber of the Ryan O'Byrne fan club. He's looked better with each passing game, has actually had some shots on goal, one or two big hits, he was out there in the final minute on Friday night when trying to protect the SO for Lacasse. But he still at times struggles with passing it up the boards for an icing.

The Habs will need to make a decision on him soon since he is not in Hamilton on loan, he's down for a conditioning stint which is only 2 weeks but can be longer if he agrees to it, as he will still get paid his NHL salary.
If OByrne does improve his play with the puck and gains in confidence, then we'll be thankful that BG kept him. Big guys with that kind of mobility are hard to find.

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If OByrne does improve his play with the puck and gains in confidence, then we'll be thankful that BG kept him. Big guys with that kind of mobility are hard to find.
Count me in too.

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I've been keeping a close eye on him since I think I've become president and sole memeber of the Ryan O'Byrne fan club. He's looked better with each passing game, has actually had some shots on goal, one or two big hits, he was out there in the final minute on Friday night when trying to protect the SO for Lacasse. But he still at times struggles with passing it up the boards for an icing.

The Habs will need to make a decision on him soon since he is not in Hamilton on loan, he's down for a conditioning stint which is only 2 weeks but can be longer if he agrees to it, as he will still get paid his NHL salary.
I still have hope for him considering I think his problem was confidence. That's why I've never been against trading for Kaberle since I think he would be the perfect partner for O'Byrne just as Markov is the perfect compliment to Komisarek. I guess time will tell if he can become more than a board dumping Dman.

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I'm in the O'B fan club, but my expectations aren't that high: NHLer yes, top 4 not so sure.

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I think O'b will be a good 2nd pair d-man in 2-3 years, he was pretty solid last year, and I think he may have come into this year a bit overconfident and lost his focus at times. He'd play well for 90% of the game and would make a bid mistake and everybody would be on him, like the NYI "own goal", the Frantzen give away and the Kessel deke at the blue line.

I have no problem if he is traded, as long as it's for a good return, if he is a thow in to a trade then it's dumb.

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he has to get back to the o'byrne from hamilton, that made really hard hits!!!

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he has to get back to the o'byrne from hamilton, that made really hard hits!!!
The O'byrne in Montreal made really hard hits too. that's not why he's back down there.

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The O'byrne in Montreal made really hard hits too. that's not why he's back down there.
when was that ? oh yeah in early 2008 against Florida. ever since that hit he has been going downhill.

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I'm definitely a member of the O'BYrne fan club, so hoping he comes back on fire so we dont see Brisebois.

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when was that ? oh yeah in early 2008 against Florida. ever since that hit he has been going downhill.
He's had an up and down year, but his physical game is what kept him here so long. We missed him in games like the Toronto one.

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I'm in the O'B fan club, but my expectations aren't that high: NHLer yes, top 4 not so sure.
Agreed. I'm thinking Hal Gill if he improves his positioning. He's never really shown any offensive capability - leading the rush, big shot, etc. His footwork isn't going to get much better, he's a big guy and not exactly the speediest skater. But defensively he can become a very imposing player if he works on positioning.

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If he would just find a constent mean streak in his game he woudn't be in the AHL right now. GROW SOME BALLS BUDDY!

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Who cares,he will soon be a member of the tampa bay lightning
He'll be back up with Hamrlik after Captain Kelowna becomes a member of the Lightning.

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He'll be back up with Hamrlik after Captain Kelowna becomes a member of the Lightning.
I hope BG looks at all other options before he would deal Gorges. IMO this guys your everyday go to player. He is steady and consistent and will be a solid 3/4 dman for many years.

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Count me as another O'Bie fan, I hope he makes it.

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He should fight more often. With the shape he have, it might give him more tools to make the NHL and rebuild his confidence at the same time.

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Let's all send positive vibes to O'bee!!!! I really liked him last year. We need his big body out there... Go O'bee!!!!

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