ST. LOUIS, MO -- When Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster decided to pluck Blake Comeau off waivers on Friday morning, he knew he would have to open up space on the roster to ensure the forward could be eligible to play that night against the St. Louis Blues.
With only a few players able to be sent down to the Abbotsford Heat without having to clear waivers, the general manager opted to assign winger Paul Byron to the team's farm club.
"As I explained to Paul, that's simply because we have to do something in order to create the roster spot," Feaster said. "No reflection on the way Paul has played.
"My goal starting right now is to create a roster spot for Paul Byron and get him back here as quickly as we can."
In six games with the Flames, Byron scored two goals and accrued a plus-four rating. He developed chemistry with fellow rookie Roman Horak and Lee Stempniak, helping that line combine for seven points since he was recalled earlier in the month.
"He has been great for us," Feaster stated. "It is a direction that we want to go. We like his speed. We like the way he plays. We like his tenacity.
Again, we're just in a spot right now that in order to do it, it had to be someone who didn't require waivers. That is why he's going down."