He may even have a higher level of play: Influence of Mittelstadt and Walker on Avalanche Roster  

The Colorado Avalanche cleared up nearly $5 million in salary space with two huge moves Wednesday.   

The added spending money allows the Avalanche to make more adjustments, possibly adding another player before the Friday trade deadline at 1 p.m. MT.  

In the first trade, the Philadelphia Flyers received Ryan Johansen and a draft selection for Sean Walker.   

Defenseman Bowen Byram was transferred to Buffalo for forward Casey Mittelstadt shortly after  

Players' salaries differ by $1.35 million. On July 1, restricted free agent Byram   ...

signed a two-year $7.7 million contract and was earning $3.85 million this season.  

The Avs signed Mittelstadt for $2.5 million and made him a restricted free agent on July 1.   

The Avs want the newly acquired center to play on the second line like he did in Buffalo.   

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