On scouting the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators …
David Pagnotta: Scouts listed to attend last night’s Maple Leafs-Senators game: Calgary Flames (2), Columbus Blue Jackets (2), New York Rangers (2), Los Angeles Kings (2), Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, and Arizona Coyotes.
Kevin McGran: It’s worth noting that a lot of teams are on their bye week and that there was a light schedule last night.
On the Chicago Blackhawks …
Scott Powers: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said he’s not looking to make any more trades as of now: “Right now, I like this group. I really like this team. Obviously, I wish we had a few more wins under our belt, but I’m very excited about this group.”
On the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers …
Chris Nichols of Fan Rag Sports: Bob McKenzie was on NBCSN talking about the trade market. notes there’s a growing number of teams where things aren’t going as planned and the number of rental players is growing.
The top rental player at the moment is Buffalo Sabres Evander Kane.
“But Detroit, they’ve won a little bit more than they want to even lately, but Mike Green, he’s going to be available. Expiring contract.
“Thomas Vanek and Erik Gudbranson – the Vancouver Canucks know they’re not going anywhere this year – these guys are on expiring contracts. They’re not fully committed to trade these guys, but they’ll certainly listen depending what they get.
“The Edmonton Oilers – outright disaster in Edmonton the way their season has gone. Maroon had a career year last year, hasn’t been that good this year. And he’s the type of guy along with maybe Mark Letestu, Mike Cammalleri – if you’re on an expiring contract in Edmonton, you quite likely could be available.”