Scouting the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings …
Gregg Krupa: Scouts listed to attend last night’s Bruins-Red Wings game: Tampa Bay Lightning (3), Los Angeles Kings (2), Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, and Carolina Hurricanes.
Gregg Krupa: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman watched the Red Wings for two consecutive home games.
Scouting the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks …
Chad DeDominicis: Scouts listed to attend last night’s Sabres-Ducks game: Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Vegas Golden Knights, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, and Ottawa Senators.
Chad DeDominicis: The Oilers ‘scout’ was Craig MacTavish, their VP of Hockey Operations.
On the New York Islanders …
Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports: Darren Dreger was on TSN 1050 and was talking about the Islanders and how they might be one of the teams that feels pressure to make a move. The Islanders have a lot of work to do on and off the ice.
Dreger notes that each time the Islanders goaltending is brought up to GM Garth Snow, he told that it’s fine. Dreger doesn’t love their goaltending combo of Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak.
“And he’s got some other unsettling contracts he’s going to have to deal with. Josh Bailey is right at the top of the list. And I wonder if that’s part of why Tavares is just in a wait and see mode still. There are many who believe that he’s already decided he’s going to wait. Why not now. You might as well have a look at what the market presents and your default option is to go back to the Islanders. But maybe he’s tired of watching good players go out. So he maybe wants to see if they can get Bailey signed, and Anders Lee isn’t that far behind. And if goaltending is in question, what’s Garth going to do there.”
Dreger thinks that Snow has shown a willingness to be aggressive in the past and that he will be between now and the trade deadline.