It’s been a rough one for the Colorado Avalanche as of late. Overall, they’ve got four players out with concussions and six with other injuries that range from knees to wrists. To help with the injury laden team, Avalanche management decided to make a move this morning by making a little trade with the Montreal Canadiens.

According to Avs beat writer Adrian Dater, the team has traded prospect Michael Bournival, taken in the 3rd round, 71st overall in the 2010 Entry Draft for Ryan O’Byrne of the Canadiens.

O’Byrne has played a total of 128 NHL games with a total of 16 points and 181 minutes in the box. He’s a guy who’s not afraid to fight, that’s for sure, and the Avalanche hope to add some size and strength to the blue line.

Ryan is another young defenseman who will add size and depth to our team. – Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman

The above statement from Sherman was all that the Avalanche website would give us. O’Byrne played in 55 games and 13 of the amazing 19 game playoff run the Canadiens surprised us all with last season.

O’Byrne is filling a hole or two in the Avalanche blue line as it was also announced today that captain Adam Foote is skating, but not expected to play in Columbus tomorrow night. The Avs new acquisition may or may not play against the Blue Jackets.

Other Avs notes: After much speculation and rumor that the Lake Erie Monsters would break their affiliation with the Avalanche after their current contract, they surprised some when they resigned a multi-year extension of their contract with their parent team earlier today. Twenty-two Lake Erie players have made their NHL debut with the Avalanche since the two became affiliates in 2007.

What do you guys think of the O’Byrne acquisition? Are you happy about the contract extension with Lake Erie? What do you think is going to happen with Shattenkirk, Cohen, and O’Byrne when the regular D-men return?