NHL Rumors: Overseas Games, Scouting TB-Bos, and the Canadiens

NHL Rumors: Overseas Games, Scouting TB-Bos, and the Canadiens

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Torrey Mitchell of the Montreal Canadiens
On NHL games outside of North America …

Darren Dreger: NHLPA hasn’t signed off on it yet, but the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche are likely to play two regular season games in Sweden next November.

Darren Dreger: NHLPA hasn’t signed off on it yet, but the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are likely to play two exhibition games in China next September.

Darren Dreger: The NHLPA is expected to get back to the NHL withing two weeks about the proposed games in Sweden and China.

Scouting the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins …

Erik Erlendsson: St. Louis Blues pro scout Rob DiMaio was at the Lightning game last night. He watches the Lightning, but it was his first visit of the season to Tampa.

Erik Erlendsson: There were no Colorado Avalanche scouts listed to attend.

Erik Erlendsson: Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton was listed on the seating chart

On the Montreal Canadiens …

Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 960 talking about the Canadiens. People are saying that GM Marc Beregvin is in on everything, and would think they are among the teams looking at Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog.

Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports: Darren Dreger on TSN 690 when asked if the Montreal Canadiens could look at add someone before the trade deadline, giving them more time to get use to a new team.

“Yeah, I think that’s fair,” agreed Dreger. “The question is – what’s he most seeking? I know that Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens have interest in Matt Duchene. That’s not a secret. There’s been a fair bit of speculation on that front. But does he have the appetite or the stomach to pay the enormous asking price in-season for Matt Duchene. And then that’s what we don’t know.

“I feel like it’s unlikely. You’re not going to damage your team to bring in one player, even though that player is a really good player as Matt Duchene is. So, I mean, that one is a bit of a long shot. But it’s one that we’ll keep an eye on.

“Then you look at the Montreal Canadiens’ blueline, and you wonder if there’s not an upgrade that should be made there. But again, it’s so tough to do any of that right now and even if you look at March 1 not being that far away, and you look at the NHL standings…”