Dan Boyle

Boyle accuses both sides of being stubborn


The players have been vocal throughout the lockout and a lot of the time they’ve either expressed their support of the union or bashed the league’s positions. However, with the hope of us getting a full 82-game season all-but completely gone, Dan Boyle expressed his frustration with the whole process.

“It’s supposed to be a negotiation, and I think right now both sides think it’s their way or the highway,” Dan Boyle said according to CSN’s Kevin Kurz.

That wouldn’t be an uncommon sentiment if it was coming from a fan, but for a player to speak out against both sides is rare.

Boyle is 36, so his impressive career is winding down and he only has two seasons left on his six-year, $40 million contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Of course, there are plenty of other players that are putting the blame squarely at the owners’ feet.

“If they cared about the game, we’d be playing,” Boyle’s teammate, Patrick Marleau told Kurz.

Habs claim Byron off waivers from Flames

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Montreal added some forward depth on Tuesday, acquiring diminutive forward Paul Byron off waivers from Calgary.

Byron, 26, is a veteran of nearly 150 career NHL games, most coming with the Flames. Despite fairly solid production over the last two years — 40 points in 104 games — he was exposed to waivers on Monday, along with fellow forward Mason Raymond.

(Calgary does have a logjam of players at forward, hence parting ways with Byron and Raymond.)

Byron can play both wing and center but, at 5-foot-7, 153 pounds, is one of the most undersized skaters in the league. Thankfully for him, Montreal has an affinity for undersized forwards, with the likes of Brendan Gallagher (5-foot-9, 184 pounds) and David Desharnais (5-foot-7, 174 pounds) already on the active roster.

Byron could also fill Zack Kassian‘s roster spot. Kassian is currently suspended without pay while undergoing Stage 2 of the NHL’s Substance Abuse program.

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.