In a move that comes as little surprise, the Habs placed Paul Byron on waivers on Tuesday in order to allow him to continue being shuffled to the taxi squad after his waiver exemption ended last week.
The 31-year-old has played a little better since clearing waivers for the first time last month. Since the coaching change, he has been a regular in Dominique Ducharme’s lineup and has a goal and two assists in that span while playing over 12 minutes a game, right around his season average. Even with this move, that isn’t likely to change as he’ll just be recalled on game days.
With two more years left on his contract, there’s no real risk in Byron getting claimed since his deal is an above-market one. Assuming he clears on Wednesday, he’ll be free to be sent to the taxi squad, a move that probably won’t happen until Thursday with Montreal in action against Winnipeg on Wednesday.
If he clears, the Habs will receive a pro-rated $1.075M in cap space for any time that he’s on the taxi squad. That works out to just over $9,267 per day, an amount that seems rather insignificant but with Montreal having limited cap room to work with and notable negatives in using LTIR for Ben Chiarot’s injury, every little bit is going to matter between now and the end of the season.