When Blake Comeau was snagged off the waiver wire it meant rookie Paul Byron would have to be demoted. Jay Feaster promised he would make further moves in order to get Byron back up with the parent squad at the time. That move seems to be the waiving and probably demotion of Pierre-Luc Letourneau Leblond.
Thus ends the very brief saga of Feaster’s most pointless acquisition to date. Grabbed from the Devils for a 5th round pick this summer, PL3 appeared in just three games for the Flames averaging less than five minutes per night. That’s nothing out of the ordinary for Pierre, who managed a career high seven points in junior – the dude has obviously never been around for his ability to actually play the game.
I wasn’t certain at the time why the Flames bothered to not only add a talentless pugilist to the roster, but invest an asset (however nominal) in the acquistion…and it still confuses me. The good news, I suppose, is the organization is backing away from that misstep without too much prodding.
As for Byron, I’m actually not as enthused with the kid as others and I’m not sure he’s really acquitted himself all that well in his time in the big league (although he’s clearly more useful than the guy Feaster’s waiving). That said, I have absolutely no problem with the Flames auditioning various kids this season since I consider this season transitional anyways – they might as well let a few rooks get their feet wet so the club can a have a better understanding of what they have in the pro ranks. This also allows guys who stick to find their legs and take their first, few uncertain steps in the big league now, during a year when the Flames aren’t going to contend anyways.