The Colorado Avalanche claimed defenseman Mark Barberio on waivers from the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Barberio has appeared in 26 games this season for the Canadiens, registering four points (all assists), a plus-1 rating and 10 penalty minutes. He has played in three contests in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In his 159-game NHL career, the 26-year-old has recorded 31 points (eight goals and 23 assists) over parts of five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Canadiens.
Tampa Bay's sixth-round pick (152nd overall) in the 2008 draft, the Montreal, Quebec, native played four years with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Moncton Wildcats from 2006-2010 in the QMJHL before turning pro for the 2010-11 campaign with the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate in Norfolk. After nearly three full seasons in the AHL, he made his NHL debut on April 9, 2013 with Tampa.
Barberio has won championships in the QMJHL with Moncton in 2010 and in the AHL with Norfolk in 2012.