Finally after 119 days the National Hockey League lockout of 2012-13 had ended. And finally after almost 365 days since his last NHL game Paul Byron had drawn into the lineup. So of course what is destined to happen after that long wait? The speedy 24-year-old centreman playing on a line with Jarome Iginla and Curtis Glencross absorbs a slash and breaks his left hand — on his fourth shift in. Byron underwent surgery to repair it and had pins put in — only to find out two weeks later that they weren’t put in properly and had to redo the entire procedure. But wait it gets better. “And while that happened they put one of the pins through a tendon” Byron was saying following Day 1 of the Flames on-ice sessions of training camp. “So after everything was done correctly it was a little bit of a longer process because of all the swelling in my hand. “Altogether it was probably eight or nine weeks. It felt like a really really long time.” And even longer because of what was happening in Calgary during the span of those eight to nine weeks. When the Flames started spiralling toward a fourth consecutive season without playoffs trades began happening changes were visible and — most notably for Byron — opportunities were to be had. In the end the Ottawa native who was part of a trade that sent Robyn Regehr to the Buffalo Sabres in 2011 collected 15 points in 38 games for Abbotsford last season and was summoned for three of the Flames’ final four games of the season and picked up an assist.
Paul Byron looks to ‘seize opportunity’ at Flames training camp
Calgary Herald | Sep 13