The Colorado Avalanche have traded a fan-favorite player from their championship team

Mar 6, 2024, 3:41 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have been making moves today ahead of the NHL trade deadline, and one in particular might not sit well with some fans… 

The team traded defenseman Bowen Byram to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Casey Mittelstadt.

Mittelstadt, 25, has played 339 regular-season NHL games with the Sabres from 2017 to 2024 and has recorded a total of 186 points.

Byram was selected fourth overall by Colorado in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and was part of the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2022. The 6’1″ defenseman has played in 146 NHL games, scoring 23 goals and 40 assists, and is a +16. 

On Wednesday (Mar. 6), Colorado also traded a top-10 protected 2025 first-round pick and center Ryan Johansen to Philadelphia for defenseman Sean Walker and a fifth-rounder in 2026. They also traded forward Kurtis MacDermid to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick and the rights to forward Zakhar Bardakov on Friday.

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