Avs Send Cole To Wild For Pateryn In Swap Of Defensemen

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Colorado and Minnesota have swapped veteran defensemen. The Avalanche are getting Greg Pateryn from the Wild in exchange for Ian Cole.

The 30-year Pateryn has two assists in three games this season for the Wild. Cole, who turns 32 in February, hasn’t registered a point this season.

The deal represents a significant salary-cap savings for Colorado. Cole was a $4.25 million hit compared with $2.25 million for Pateryn.

It gives the Avalanche more room to work with for later deals and frees up a spot for prospect Bowen Byram.