Byron, Corrado, Berube claimed off the waiver wire

The Montreal Canadiens added depth and grittiness to the forward position claiming Paul Byron, formerly of the Calgary Flames, off of the waiver wire.

Byron was one of the better possession players in Calgary last year and tended to make his linemates better — including their top center, Sean Monahan. Last season, Byron played 57 games with the Flames and posted six goals and added 13 assists.

Despite his five-foot-seven frame, Byron, 26, is the ideal bottom-six player. He thrives under difficult situations and makes his teammates look better. Byron is also versatile, with the ability to play up and down the lineup and chip in offensively when you need him to. Not to mention he comes with a mere $900k cap hit.

He was waived by the Flames on Monday. It’s safe to say that is yet another low-risk acquisition for Habs GM Marc Bergevin.

Defenseman Frank Corrado, also waived by the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to, the Leafs reportedly sent Scott Harrington down the AHL Marlies in order to make room for Corrado who spent most of his time last year playing for the Canucks farm team, the Utica Comets, where he scored 16 points in 35 games.

Corrado, 22, has appeared in 22 games at the NHL level, potting just two goals.

The New York Islanders also added to their roster through waivers, picking up goalie Jean-Francois Berube who was waived by the Los Angeles Kings.

Berube, 24, has yet to register his first NHL game. Last year, he recorded 28 wins and three shutouts in 48 games with the AHL Manchester Monarchs.

Byron, Corrado and Berube were all placed on waivers by their former clubs yesterday.

Richard Panik (TOR) and Jordan Schroeder (MIN) were also waived by their respective teams today. Panik, 24, scored 11 goals and six assists in 76 games last year with the Maple Leafs while Schroeder netted three goals and five assists in 25 games.

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