A year ago, Justin Barron knew he had as good a chance of landing on the moon as he did in the Colorado Avalanche locker room.
“I would have had to know an exceptional camp to stay with the Avalanche, a team that was aiming for the Stanley Cup,” Barron recalled today. I had a good camp, found myself among the last cut players, and ended up playing two games with the Avalanche before being traded to the Canadiens.
A job to lose
A year later, Barron needs to know a decent site to stay in Montreal. He probably has more to lose than he has to gain.
“I see it as an opportunity, I don’t want to put myself under too much pressure,” he said a few hours before a second preparatory game. I know there are several job openings among Canadians. I would like to play with the big team once camp is over.”
Barron, a 2020 first-round pick (25th overall) traded from Artturi Lehkonen with the Avalanche, played five games at the end of last season’s schedule in Montreal. He picked up two points (1 goal, 1 assist) on top of a -2 differential.
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