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Byers traded for defenseman

Mike Baldwin Modified: June 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013

The Edmonton Oilers traded forward to the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Garrett Stafford. Both players were on Triple-A rosters.

In his 10th season, Stafford, 33, will join the Barons this weekend. He’s played 665 pro games the majority in the AHL with seven teams. He’s scored 366 points and compiled 508 AHL penalty minutes.

Byers scored 10 points in 58 games with the Barons but is best known for his physical presence (144 penalty minutes).

Stafford’s pro debut was nine years ago when he was named second team All AHL with Cleveland. He scored 46 points that season but has appeared in only seven NHL games.

Byers, 27, has appeared in 14 NHL games but like Stafford has spent the bulk of his pro career in the AHL with six different teams.