CANADIENS CLAIM PAUL BYRON FROM CALGARY – De la Rose to St. John’s with Tokarski & Barberio

Oct 6th, 2015 | By | Category: Canadiens, Latest News

1 bryon IIWith Zack Kassian on the suspended list indefinitely and, with a clear reluctance to keep Jacob de la Rose in the NHL, the Canadiens claimed centre Paul Byron off he waiver wire from the Calgary Flames.   Immediately following the waiver claim, de la Rose was assigned to the St. John’s IceCaps along with  goaltender Dustin Tokarski and defenseman Mark Barberio after both had cleared waivers.

Generously listed at 5’8″ and 175 lbs., Byron spent his his first full season in the NHL with the Flames last year. He was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL draft by Buffalo and went to Calgary as part of the trade that sent Robyn Regehr to the Sabres.

Byron has great speed. Despite his size, he has a hardworking gritty game.  He is a terrific forechecker and was one of the Flames top penalty killers last year. In terms of his advanced Corsi possession numbers, Byron was one of the Flames top forwards.

He’ll give the Canadiens fourth line depth with an ability to move reliably up and down the depth chart of needed.   In 57 games with the Flames last season he scored 6 goals and 19 points. Two of his 13 assists came while the Flames were shorthanded. He was also credited with 101 hits.

1 byron practiceThe Flames tried to slip him through waivers after lingering injuries from last season plus a minor training camp groin pull may have put him behind in his conditioning.  Uner coach Bob Hartley Byron was never a healthy scratch last season but, in a February 16th game against Boston Byron jammed his wrist and suffered a broken toe on the same play.  In the same week was diagnosed with a sports hernia.  He underwent surgery to repair the hernia in April and had an arthroscopic procedure to repair a ligament tear in the wrist in late May.  All of this cost him 17 regular season games and all of the playoffs.   During the wrist surgery a screw was inserted to hold his tendons in place while they healed.  The screw was removed just before training camp in September.

The Ottawa-born Byron avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract in July for 900 thousand dollars and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Because of his speed, Byron earned the reputation in Calgary for his breakaways and his inability to score on them which might have been attributable to the wrist problems he had.

Clearly he caught Drew Doughty’s attention with his tenacity last season.

One Comment to “CANADIENS CLAIM PAUL BYRON FROM CALGARY – De la Rose to St. John’s with Tokarski & Barberio”

  1. […] According to the Canadiens, he registered 19 points, 6 of them goals, last season with the Flames. In 138 NHL career games, his total is 48 points, 17 of them goals. He’s also credited with 101 hits. […]

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