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PHT Morning Skate: Nerds vs. dinosaurs


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.

Great stuff on the “battle” between those who lean toward advanced stats and “purists” who are more inclined toward the “eyeball test.” Or, as The Hockey News deems it, “Nerds vs. Dinosaurs.” (The Hockey News’ Post-to-Post)

James Mirtle dusts off his groundbreaking old blogspot account for a fascinating look on how one reporter approaches Twitter connectivity. (Mirtle’s blog)

The Goalie Guild put together a really detailed and eye-friendly breakdown of every NHL team’s goalie depth charts. One takeaway is that, on paper, the East seems more talented in net than the West. (The Goalie Guild)

Kids ask Kevin Bieksa about the darndest things, including his relationship with John Tortorella. (Vancouver Sun)

A fun one from a couple weeks ago: how to read between the lines of the countless “best shape of my life” stories that will probably filter through the media around training camp time. (The Score)

Are the Bruins starting to push the Red Sox when it comes to popularity in Boston? Here’s a vote for no, but … (Boston Globe)

What Shawn Horcoff brings to the table for the Dallas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

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.