The Canadiens have gone from playing musical chairs with their young defencemen to playing musical cities.

Rookies Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu have been sharing a spot opposite veteran Francis Bouillon on the third defence pair. The challenge has been to give each young player enough ice time to develop and the Canadiens have come up with a solution that has them commuting between Montreal and Hamilton.

When Tinordi dressed for the Canadiens against the Nashville Predators Saturday night Beaulieu was on his way to Toronto where he played for the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs Sunday against the Marlies.

Tinordi watched from the press box Tuesday while Beaulieu faced the Edmonton Oilers. On Wednesday the Canadiens shipped Tinordi to Hamilton.

“It’s important to give the young players a chance to compete in all situations” coach Michel Therrien said. “Hamilton has three games coming up his weekend and that will give Jarred a chance to play a lot of minutes.”

Beaulieu will play against the Anaheim Ducks Thursday (7:30 p.m. RDS TSN-HABS TSN Radio 690) and it appears he will stick around for Saturday’s home game against the San Jose Sharks.

Tinordi who was a first-round draft pick in 2010 and Beaulieu who was selected in the first round in 2011 have seen limited ice time in the National Hockey League this season. Tinordi has averaged 12:27 over six games while Beaulieu has played three games and averaged 11:13.

“Jarred’s a helluva hockey player and it’s part of the process” Beaulieu said. “I had to go up and down and it’s never fun seeing it or having it happen to you. But Jarred’s a tough kid and I know he’s going to take it the right way.”

Beaulieu said he was making up for lost time after missing most of training camp with an injury.

“I’m getting some games in getting into game shape and I’m starting to play my game” he said.

Therrien had a stock answer when asked whether the Canadiens would continue to rotate the young defencemen.

“It all depends on how they perform” the coach said.

Did he see a time when one player would emerge as a regular?

“It all depends on how they perform.”