The Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday assigned defenseman Jarred Tinordi to Hamilton of the American Hockey League.
The Canadiens acquired veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar on Tuesday in a trade with the Dallas Stars, making it likely either Tinordi or another young defenseman, Nathan Beaulieu, would be sent to the AHL.
Tinordi, a first-round pick (No. 22) by the Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Draft, had two assists in nine games this season. He has six assists in 39 games over three seasons with Montreal.