Avs send Cole to Wild for Pateryn in swap of defensemen

DENVER (AP) — Colorado and Minnesota switched experienced defensemen on Tuesday, with the Avalanche getting Greg Pateryn and the Wild getting Ian Cole.

The trade represents a considerable salary-cap cost savings for Colorado from Cole’s $4.25 million struck to Pateryn’s $2.25 million. It likewise maximizes an area on the left side of the blue line for 19-year-old Avalanche possibility Bowen Byram.

”The trade truly works for them and the trade truly works for us,” Wild basic supervisor Expense Guerin stated. ”Which’s what’s essential, I believe, in making offers is you make a reasonable offer.”

The 30-year Pateryn had 2 helps in 3 video games for the Wild this season. Cole, who turns 32 in February, didn’t sign up a point through 2 video games.

Because being picked in the 5th round of the 2008 draft by Toronto, Pateryn has 4 objectives and 37 helps over 270 profession video games with Montreal, Dallas and Minnesota. He had a career-high 12 helps in ’17-18 with destiny.

”Greg is a strong, experienced defenseman who plays a heavy video game,” Avalanche GM Joe Sakic stated in a declaration. ”He’s a hard-nosed, competitive gamer who can eliminate charges, obstruct shots and brings some extra grit to our back line.”

Cole had a career-high 22 helps last season for Colorado. He likewise had 83 hits and 122 obstructed shots in 65 video games throughout the 2019-20 season.

A first-round choice by St. Louis in 2007, Cole has 26 objectives and 112 helps in 543 video games with the Blues, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Colorado. He won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles with Pittsburgh in ’15-16 and ’16-17.

Guerin understands Cole well from his time in the Penguins’ front workplace and trusts him on the ice.

”Because entering the league as a first-round choice, he’s changed his video game and truly type of gotten comfy with what he truly is,” Guerin stated. ”I believe if you were to classify him, he’d be more of a remain at house defenseman today. However he definitely has the ability to make great plays, great passes. He’s extremely aggressive in front of our internet. He’s a ready and able shot blocker, he’s an outstanding charge killer and those are things that we worth.”

Colorado signed Cole as a complimentary representative on July 1, 2018. He had 6 objectives and 35 helps in 138 video games in an Avalanche sweatshirt.

AP Hockey Author Stephen Whyno added to this report.

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