Thatcher Demko

PHT Morning Skate: Canucks prospect Demko shows California pride


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.

Vancouver Canucks first-round pick Thatcher Demko is a California kid headed to Boston College and eager to show Canada what he’s got in the future. (Metro West)

Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher is homeless now. OK not really, but now that his old landlord, Josh Gorges,  is in Buffalo he’ll need to find some new digs. (Montreal Gazette)

Did you know the Philadelphia Flyers nearly had an unbelievable nightmare of a third jersey in the ’90s? Let’s just say the orange and black nearly had teal invited to the party. (Icethetics)

In better Flyers news, they signed 2014 seventh-round pick Jesper Pettersson. (Flyers)

The Nashville Predators are slightly altering their goal song by swapping in The Black Keys in place of Gary Glitter. That’s probably a really good idea. (Section 303)

Twitter is a fun thing – especially when it leads to insane stuff like wondering if Steven Stamkos favoriting a story about him that concerns the Toronto Maple Leafs gets the news cycle going. Oy Linden Vey, is it training camp yet? (The Hockey News, The Leafs Nation)

Former Blackhawks and Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon is excited for his next, non-NHL challenge. (ESPN Chicago)

Finally, looks like Tim Murray will be bringing a familiar face with him from Ottawa to Buffalo in scout Rob Murphy.

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.