NHLPA's grievance against Lightning on hold

The grievance against the Tampa Bay Lightning, on behalf of Stephane
Veilleux, has been put on hold while the NHLPA takes time to have the
player review certain details. The grievance was supposed to be filed
Per Damian Cristodero of the Lightning Strikes blog:

PA is still working on the grievance and they want the player to
review certain portions of it, and it’s becoming quite extensive,” Walsh
said. “It’s not going to change anything. They want to make sure they
put something substantial into it.”

Perhaps this
gives the Lightning some time to do right by their player, as this has
turned into a PR nightmare for the team as word has spread about their
unwillingness to pay for his shoulder surgery. The team is claiming the
injury is not hockey related, dangerous ground as it’s impossible to
determine exactly when this injury occurred.

Walsh told Cristobero
that he hasn’t heard from the Lightning today, and I doubt the team
thought the matter would get this sort of attention when they decided
not to pay for the surgery.

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.