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Devils don’t have any buyout plans


When it comes to compliance buyouts, the New Jersey Devils may choose not use them. But, that could be subject to change in the coming days.

“We are not contemplating a buyout at this point,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger.

“You have two years to do it and you can do it with two contracts. Right now there is no thought of a buyout.

“Could that change? Yes. I would tell the player if I was going to do it, and I have not told any players.”

Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov has been suggested before as a possible candidate for a buyout.

He’s got three more years remaining on a six-year, $25.5 million deal with New Jersey, and is a cap hit of $4.25 million per season.

In 37 regular season games with the Devils in 2013, Volchenkov had one goal and points, to go with a minus-one rating.

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.