Paul Byron: Breakaway To The Bank

Bless Marc Bergevin’s lucky stars because when he snagged Paul Byron off of waivers, there was a galaxy’s worth of them.


Imagine the surprise of Canadiens fans across the map if they were to be told that a guy chosen in the sixth round by the Buffalo Sabres and left out to dry on waivers by the Calgary Flames would end up becoming a pillar of offence for the Montreal Canadiens.  The cynic would say that might be why they are facing their offensive dangers but anyone else can see exactly why he is where he is; moreover, they can see a four year deal with an average annual value of $3,400,000 being a team friendly deal as well as a profitable venture for Paul Byron.


In the event of any doubt being cast upon this deal not being team friendly, a few players with comparable deals are: Leo Komarov, Zack Smith, Jamie McGinn and Vladimir Sobotka.  Not one of them is close to Paul Byron’s level.


Sure, the Canadiens may be undergoing a youth movement to usher in their attitude era and Paul Byron may be closing in on 30 years old time come this spring but the fastest skater in the NHL (if not, damn close to it) and a 20 goal per season producer is not something that is just produced on any given day.  This is a guy that has watched the team that invested in him hit the reset button on their team and he, in turn, has invested in them the way that they invested in him.  The Montreal Canadiens possess a plethora of skilled wingers and boast a roster that needs to see some trimming, some being in danger of hitting the waiver wire just as Paul Byron did but it is abundantly clear that no one in Montreal is keen on making the same mistake of letting the freewheeling phenom go.


The temptation here, certainly, would have been to dangle such a capable scorer around deadline time and see what the return would have been on such a gifted, prime age scorer with a glorious contract to boot; perhaps looking to reacquire him once again come July 1st but Les Glorieux would seemingly rather be safe than sorry.  Habs fans certainly will not be sorry to see Pauly B stick around and watch opposing goalies dance to his tune.


Photo: Steven Irwin, SNI Memorabilia Inc.

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One Response to Paul Byron: Breakaway To The Bank

  1. well this is for once a great deal for Montreal and Byron.. he deserves every penny and a few more.. now the rumors about him be shipped out can stop..he is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and you can not replace his heart and effort

    Bay_Bye September 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm Reply

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