Avs Send Cole To Wild For Pateryn In Swap Of Defensemen

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.

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