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Ryan O’Byrne re-signs with Habs

From Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette:

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of defenseman Ryan O’Byrne to a three-year contract (2008-09 to 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Ryan acquired a great deal of NHL experience last season. He is part of our young core of defencemen and certainly has the potential of becoming a very good NHL player. He is big, intense and his physical play are important assets for our team,’’ said Bob Gainey.

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O’Byrne’s size is an important asset on a team like Montreal which lacks size and physical play. The young defenseman has room to improve and should eventually slot into a top-four role on Les Habitants.