PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
A look at the NHL 94 mode in EA Sports’ NHL 14. (Puck Daddy)
Nineteen-year-old forward Lukas Sutter entered the Winnipeg Jets’ development camp with a chip on his shoulder after his rough 2012-13 campaign. (Winnipeg Sun)
The Edmonton Oilers decision to sign Denis Grebeshkov could be bad news for Corey Potter. (Edmonton Journal)
There might be an opening for a forward with the Pittsburgh Penguins going into training camp and prospects Jayson Megna and Adam Payerl are potential competitors for it. (McKeesport Daily News)
Dayn Belfour, the son of retired NHL goaltender Ed Belfour, has parted ways with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. (College Hockey News)
Defenseman Mark Cundari, 23, has re-signed with the Calgary Flames. (Calgary Sun)
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.
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.