COLE FOR PATERYN
The Colorado Avalanche acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn from the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Ian Cole.
What does it give the Colorado Avalanche
For the Avalanche, this trade is mostly about savings. Even after retaining $800,000 of Cole's contract, Colorado will still save $1.2 million in cap space by swapping Cole for Pateryn. This move may also open up more playing time for prospects Conor TImmins and Bowen Byram. Pateryn figures to play the role of No. 6-7 defenseman with the Avs this season.
What does it give the Minnesota Wild
Wild GM Bill Guerin is familiar with Cole from their days together in Pittsburgh, so it is not a coincidence that the latter is now a member of the Wild. Look for Cole to take Pateryn's spot in Minnesota's lineup (alongside Carson Soucy). The left-handed Cole can play either side, which adds to his overall value. He also has Stanley Cup rings, which is also an added bonus.
There is no fantasy impact here. Both players can provide a few hits and blocked shots, but neither player is an offensive threat. Pass.