According to Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now, there is some chatter inside the Colorado Avalanche organization that young prospect defenseman Bowen Byram is ready to take the next step in his hockey development earlier than expected. That has led to a decision to bring him to camp, and talk that a trade might be the best plan for the team, thus clearing the way to Byram to join the roster for good.
Dater followed up his original post about Byram possibly being an option with another post not longer afterward, walking fans through the process of what might be required to get Byram on the team as soon as possible.
Dater notes that a trade is perhaps the easiest way to clear up the space needed, but he says, “I highly, highly doubt a trade will happen before February.” He mentioned Ian Cole as the player the Avs might potentially move, suggesting that shedding Cole’s $4.25 million in salary and moving an expiring contract makes the most sense.
Maybe the Avs can just play Byram six free games (based on his junior status) and then either keep him on the taxi squad ’til late in the regular season or – maybe, depending on his play, start integrating him into the lineup sooner.
This is all thanks to Byram’s fantastic performance for Team Canada during the 2021 World Junior Championships. He was one of Team Canada’s most steady players and there were more than a few people who noticed. Byram is clearly part of the Avs already bright future, and while his playing this season might have been out of the question before the tournament, it isn’t now. That’s especially the case since this particular NHL campaign is such an odd one.
Byram Is On His Way to Colorado
The Avalanche have, at the minimum, decided to take a closer look. He’s on his way to Colorado and Dater notes, “Once he touches down in the Mile High City, however, the top Avs defensive prospect will have to quarantine for a week, because of US-Canada Covid-19 regulations.”
Speculation is that he will play when he clears and is able to officially join the team. After that? It’s all still to be determined.
The point is, keep an eye on the Avalanche. If chatter starts to pick up that they’re thinking about moving a piece, it’s because they’ve decided to keep the young man around.
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