The PHT Nightcap – Friday, March 26

We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

Goal of the Night: Mikhail Grabovski

Save of the Night: Cristobal Huet: No, that’s not a typo.

NHL Playoffs Update: Calgary’s hopes dwindle: Apparently this year’s Battle of Alberta will be staged on a golf course.

Mueller doing just fine in Colorado: Perhaps the man prefers skiing to dry heat?

NHLPA could use a man like Donald Fehr: Again, I approve of whatever will help avoid another lockout.

Ovechkin’s slump nearing catastrophic proportions?: I doubt it.

NHL & Sweden come to new transfer agreement: Apparently, Swedes barter with money rather than attractive people. Who knew?

Thrashers hold ‘closed-door meeting‘: Did someone steal Chelios’ adult diapers again?

Malkin out on Saturday, Gonchar questionable: I get the feeling that the Atlantic will go to New Jersey once again.

The debate over head hits continues: The song that never ends …

Iginla: “It’s good that there’s change.”: Jarome Iginla is happy to see some changes.

David Booth’s season likely over: I don’t see why the Panthers would try to rush him back, anyway.

Just a day off, and Luongo is ready to go: I guess that is what one would expect from a “captain.”

Who is Nashville’s most frustrating player?: Jason Arnott is the unanimous choice.

NCAA Hockey tournament update

Looking back at Pat Burns’ coaching career: A snapshot of the ailing ex-coach’s fantastic 14-year run.

Buffalo’s ‘source of frustration’: Has nothing to do with Scott Norwood or Brett Hull’s foot, oddly enough.

Isles claim goalie Berube off waivers

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The New York Islanders have claimed goalie Jean-Francois Berube off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, the club announced today.

Berube won the Calder Cup last season with AHL Manchester, but the 24-year-old has yet to appear in an NHL game.

That the Isles claimed Berube could be evidence that Jaroslav Halak will not be ready to start the season after all.

If that’s the case, Berube would back up Thomas Greiss, with Stephon Williams expected to go to the AHL.

The Isles open their regular season Friday at home versus the Blackhawks, then play the next day in Chicago.

Leafs claim Corrado from Canucks, waive Panik

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed one of the more intriguing players placed on waivers — former Vancouver defenseman Frank Corrado.

Corrado, 22, was waived by the Canucks on Monday. The former OHL standout had appeared in 28 career games for Vancouver — including 10 last year — but was squeezed out of an NHL spot following the emergence of Ben Hutton, who surprised many onlookers by making the 23-man roster.

Canucks GM Jim Benning will receive criticism for losing an asset like Corrado for nothing. Several Vancouver pundits warned of exposing a young, promising d-man to waivers and those warnings ultimately proved accurate.

With Toronto, Corrado could push for playing time as the club indicated on Monday veteran d-man Sephane Robidas wouldn’t be with the team to start the year. That would leave the the Leafs with seven healthy blueliners: Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Roman Polak, Morgan Rielly, Matt Hunwick, Martin Marincin and Scott Harrington, who can go to the minors without having to clear waivers.

Petter Granberg, another defenseman, is currently on IR.

In a corresponding move to the Corrado claim, the Leafs put forward Richard Panik on waivers. Panik, who Toronto plucked off waivers from Tampa Bay last year, appeared in 76 games for the Leafs, scoring 11 goals and 17 points.