NHL Rumors: Avalanche, Scouting Avs-Stars and Knights-Blackhawks, and the Canucks

NHL Rumors: Avalanche, Scouting Avs-Stars and Knights-Blackhawks, and the Canucks

All quiet on the Matt Duchene trade front
On the Colorado Avalanche …

Chris Nichols: Darren Dreger on TSN 1040 on Matt Duchene trade talks: “The latest as of a couple of hours ago was that there’s nothing going on” and added, “It’s dead quiet.”

Chris Nichols: Dreger after the above comments: “That’s based on those who are pretty close to that situation.”

Scouting the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars game …

Adrian Dater: Scouts listed to attend the Avs – Stars game: New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Adrian Dater: The Toronto Maple Leafs also had a scout listed to attend the Avs – Stars game.

Scouting the Vegas Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks …

Jason Pothier: Scouts listed to attend the Knights – Blackhawks game: Detroit Red Wings (2), Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.

On the Winnipeg Jets …

Pierre LeBrun: Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had a planned trip that saw him watch the Kings – Maple Leafs and Panthers – Canadiens. He also took in some junior games.

On the Vancouver Canucks …

Rick Dhaliwal: The Canucks have some injuries to their blue line. An agent asked yesterday if had heard that Canucks are talking to the Tampa Bay Lightning about defenseman Slater Koekkoek.

Rick Dhaliwal: The Lightning are carrying eight defensemen, and Koekkoek is having trouble getting into the lineup.

Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: There has been some speculation that the Canucks are shopping Ben Hutton. There had been some speculation this week that they would/should look to add another defenseman with the injuries to Alex Edler and Troy Stecher.

If Stecher was lost for the season, could see them looking to add.

Canucks GM Jim Benning said they are not looking to add any defensemen.

“No, we’re not,” Benning said. “We called up Wiercioch and have 7 D now so we’re not doing anything.”