The Montreal Canadiens announced this morning that they have sent defenseman Jarred Tinordi down to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
The 6’6 defender was the Canadiens first round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and had suited up for six of the team’s first nine games this season. Counted on to play a defensive role, Tinordi was held scoreless, but was used on the second penalty killing unit and on a defensive pairing with Francis Bouillon.
Tinordi showed small flashes of being a shutdown defenseman, but was also prone to defensive blunders, and may not quite be ready for top six NHL duties. He will get much more ice time, and will develop much more efficiently with the Bulldogs. He will be counted on to be the number one defender in Hamilton, on a team that is off to a strong start to the AHL season.
The move gives Nathan Beaulieu a chance to play regularly with the Canadiens, and take over the third pairing role with Bouillon. Beaulieu has been sent back and forth between Montreal and Hamilton countless times already this season, but will now be in a more comfortable situation. He can help out on the second power play unit, which finally takes the offensively inept Bouillon off the man advantage.
Beaulieu will not be used on the penalty kill like Tinordi was, but P.K. Subban has been hardly used while down a man, and will now get a chance to show that he can handle playing in all situations.
The Canadiens next game will be tomorrow night at the Bell Centre, when they host former Habs captain Saku Koivu and the Anaheim Ducks.