Berube was waived by Chicago on Monday, Rick Ralph of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports. The former Islander joined the Blackhawks this summer, signing a two-year contract, and will likely begin his season with AHL Rockford unless he's claimed on waivers. Additionally, Berube will be Chicago's first option if either Corey Crawford or Anton Forsberg goes down with an injury.
Berube will start between the pipes in Saturday's preseason game against the Blue Jackets, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Anton Forsberg is locked in as Corey Crawford's backup, so Berube will likely be assigned to AHL Rockford before the regular season gets underway. The 26-year-old netminder struggled in limited action last season, posting a 3-2-2 record while registering an ugly 3.42 GAA and .903 save percentage over 14 appearances with the Islanders.
Berube agreed to terms with the Blackhawks on a two-year contract Saturday, NHL.com reports. The deal is reportedly worth $1.5 million, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. Berube spent the 2016-17 season with the Islanders, going 3-2-2 with a 3.42 goals-against average and .889 save percentage in 14 games (seven starts).
Berube was taken by Vegas on Wednesday in addition to the Islanders' 2017 first-round pick and Mikhail Grabovski, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Depending on who else Vegas selects, Berube will probably either be stashed away in the minors or let go outright, considering that he appeared in just 14 contests for the Isles last season. General manager George McPhee was more likely interested in the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft than in the netminder, while the Isles likely wanted Vegas to keep its hands off someone of more value. There could be more details involved in this trade, but the Golden Knights appear to have two selections in the first 15 picks of the upcoming draft.
Berube is not expected to return to the Islanders next season, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Berube will be a free agent as he is 25 years of age and didn't play 28 games last season. He was 3-2-2 with an .889 save percentage and 3.42 GAA this year, and with the Islanders already having both Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss under contract for next season, Berube will likely look to hook up with another organization as a backup goaltender.
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