The Montreal Canadiens have placed Paul Byron on waivers on Sunday afternoon.
Les Canadiens ont soumis l’attaquant Paul Byron au ballottage aujourd’hui afin qu’il rejoigne l’escouade de réserve de l’équipe.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 14, 2021
The Canadiens have placed forward Paul Byron on waivers today so that he can join the team’s taxi squad.
Byron, who had been made a healthy scratch in a big game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, has three assists in 14 games played to this point. Relegated to the fourth line, he has been most effective on the penalty kill this season.
His contract has a cap hit of $3.4 million for two more years, which is quite expensive for the role he’s taken on. Marc Bergevin may be hoping that high dollar figure scares teams away from claiming him, as very few would have the space to fit him into their financial pictures.
Claude Julien seems to be preferring the play of Corey Perry this season, and the veteran winger was approaching the end of his waivers-exempt period on the team. The decision seems to have been made that it will be Byron who exits the formation when that 10-game threshold is reached, with Perry (who has a more attractive cap hit of $750,000) likely sticking with the NHL group for the rest of the year.
Bergevin has gotten more than his money’s worth out of Byron since claiming him off waivers in 2015. The GM will be hoping he’s still in the organization at this time tomorrow.