‘Non-operable knee sprain’ will sideline Martin Brodeur on day-to-day basis

When the New Jersey Devils announced that Martin Brodeur wouldn’t return after leaving Sunday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, the team described it as a “bruise.”

It’s quite common for a team to be coy when it comes to disclosing injury information, which seems to be the case with the Devils. Tom Gulitti reports that Brodeur will “definitely” miss tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a “non-operable knee sprain.”

Lou Lamoriello was his typically cryptic self, only saying that the future Hall of Famer will need to rehab the injury and his status is “day to day.” The Devils did not provide a timetable for Brodeur’s return.

Despite their fun 9-1-2 run, the odds are obviously stacked against a playoff run for New Jersey. Brodeur’s injury might actually end up being a good thing for the Devils’ chances of getting a high draft pick, but either way, we’ll keep you updated about Brodeur’s status.

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.