PHT Morning Skate: The Teemu love-fest continues


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.

Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau expects Teemu Selanne to be “great” this season. (OC Register [sub required] via Rotoworld)

Even Teemu’s opponents are rolling out the red carpet.

Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings welcomed him back, which would never happen for teammates like Corey Perry, one would assume. (Kopitar’s Twitter page, mascot Bailey’s feed)

Roberto Luongo offered his typically amusing take, as well. (strombone1’s feed)

The Ducks collected a variety of Twitter reactions from fans, media and others. (Ducks’ official site)

Switching to other Twitter topics, Viktor Stalberg had some fun at some unfortunate convertible driver’s expense on Friday. (Stalberg’s feed)

The AHL’s Portland Pirates have quite the headache to deal with. (WCSH6)

There’s some interesting stuff in this Q & A with Tuomo Ruutu. (Charlotte News & Observer)

Thomas Griess could get more reps in Phoenix than he did in San Jose. (Arizona Republic)

Sports Illustrated lists the eight most “irreplaceable” NHL players. (

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.