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On the mend? Price, Regehr resume skating


Couple of noteworthy injury developments from both the Eastern and Western Conference Final on Monday morning, as Carey Price skated in Montreal while Robyn Regehr joined his Kings teammates prior to tonight’s Game 4 at Staples Center.

Price, who has been out since Game 1 of the Rangers series following a collision with Chris Kreider, is believed to be dealing with a knee injury. TSN reports that Price took to the ice this morning at the Habs’ practice facility — without equipment — but does not appear close to a comeback, or usurping Dustin Tokarski from the starting gig.

Here’s a pic of Price working out, courtesy the Canadian Press’ Robert Laflamme:


As for Regehr, he also resumed skating for the first time since suffering a knee injury during L.A.’s second-round series with the Ducks. Last Thursday, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter confirmed the injury was to Regehr’s knee and said it was severe enough to keep the veteran rearguard off the ice entirely.

“Robyn’s not skating,” Sutter said, per “When Robyn’s ready to skate, he’ll skate. It’s a knee injury, and obviously he’ll make that decision. If he could play on one leg, he would. He showed it last year in the playoffs.

“If there’s a way to skate, he’d be playing.”

Regehr, 34, was hurt during a collision with Teemu Selanne 19 days ago. He was averaging over 17 minutes a night and was a key contributor for the Kings in their comeback against San Jose in the opening round, registering an assist in Game 6 while finishing plus-3 in Game 7.

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.