Avalanche prospect Bowen Byram has yet to make his NHL debut but he will be on their postseason roster, reports Postmedia’s Steve Ewen. The 19-year old is coming off of another strong season with Vancouver of the WHL that saw him record 52 points in 50 games while also playing a regular role on Canada’s entry in the World Juniors. The fourth selection back in 2019 likely won’t contend for a spot in the lineup but if he does get in to due injuries, he will be subject to the nine-game limit without burning the first year of his entry-level contract.
More from the West:
- Todd Diamond, agent for Canucks RFA defenseman Nikita Tryamkin, indicated an in an appearance on TSN 1040 (audio link) that he expects to get a deal done for his client to return to Vancouver for the 2020-21 season. He also added that there have been no discussions about the team trading Tryamkin’s rights. The 25-year-old has spent the past three seasons with Yekaterinburg of the KHL after playing a limited role with Vancouver beforehand. However, with their salary cap situation starting to look murky, the team doesn’t have a ton of flexibility to offer him a contract with a big raise on the $925K he received on his entry-level deal back in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
- In an appearance on KFAN 100.3 (audio link), Wild GM Bill Guerin told The Athletic’s Michael Russo that “things are going in the right direction” when it comes to winger Kirill Kaprizov. Earlier this week, it was reported that teams would not be permitted to sign players that could then play in the upcoming play-in round, even if they were on their Reserve List; in normal seasons, that would be allowed. When asked if the team would consider signing Kaprizov and burning the first year of his entry-level deal without playing, Guerin indicated he was open to the possibility along with any other options that come up. Technically, the deadline to sign Kaprizov to a 2019-20 deal expired on Wednesday after being previously extended by a month; Guerin’s answer hints that another extension may have quietly occurred.
- A petition to attempt to get the previously-approved funding for a new AHL facility in Henderson, Nevada onto the ballot for their November election has been overturned by City Council for a procedural error, notes Shea Johnson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The arena, which is slated to be ready in 2022, involves $42MM in public spending which was the reason for the petition.