Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram
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NHL Insider Reveals Colorado Avalanche Turned Down Blockbuster Trade Opportunity With Flyers

Published January 13, 2024 at 5:47 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers just shocked the hockey world when they sent former 5th overall pick Cutter Gauthier to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jamie Drysdale and a 2nd round pick in 2025.

However, it is now being reported that the Flyers attempted to make a deal with the Colorado Avalanche, but were ultimately turned down by the Stanley Cup contenders.

Avalanche Turned Down One-For-One Trade Involving Top Defenseman

The deal the Flyers were looking for was Cutter Gauthier for Bowen Byram one-for-one. Most in the hockey world would probably agree that Byram has higher upside than Gauthier, but considering his injury history and the risk that brings, such a deal could have made sense for both teams. It seems though, that the Avalanche are still very high on Byram despite his injury history as they were reportedly asking for much more than just Gauthier if the Flyers wanted Byram.

Friedman on Flyers/Avs/Cutter Gauthier (32TP): «I think Philly did ask about Bowen Byram and I just think Colorado wasn't going thereI suspect Colorado's answer was we are not doing this 1-for-1, it's got to be more than Gauthier for Byram»

Byram has 55 points including 21 goals in 130 career NHL games with the Avs.

This season though he seems to have taken a step back with just 12 points in 39 games. He's also averaging less time on ice than he did last season. Regardless, he remains high on the Avalanche depth chart when it comes to defenseman and they apparently value his game higher than a high-end forward prospect who likely would not have played for the team this season.

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NHL Insider Reveals Colorado Avalanche Turned Down Blockbuster Trade Opportunity With Flyers

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