Scouting the San Jose Sharks
Kevin Kurz: The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers have been scouting the San Jose Sharks regularly of late.
Scouting the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals
George Richards: Scouts listed to attend last night’s Panthers-Capitals game: Vegas Golden Knights (2), New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Not much new on Simmonds situation
Adam Kimelman: Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher on pending UFA Wayne Simmonds.
“Two weeks is a lifetime before the trade deadline. We’ll continue to see. We’re working at it every day. I guess when something happens we’ll be a position to let you know. Wayne’s played hard, he’s played very well of late.
I can’t comment him enough on his professionalism, his attitude. You watch him in celebrations after we win games, he’s pretty much the first guy out there congratulating Carter or Anthony. He’s a great teammate, done a lot for his franchise. We’ll try to work toward a conclusion that works for everybody.”
The Ducks may have to decide on Carlyle soon than later
Emily Sadler of Sportsnet: The Anaheim Ducks have only two regulation wins in the past 25 games, 2-15-4 in their past 21 games, and are riding a seven-game losing streak.
Helene Elliott tweets that Ducks GM Bob Murray hasn’t wanted to fire Carlyle, but they need show something to the fans that this isn’t acceptable.
“A big decision looming on Randy Carlyle,” Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston said during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “It’s clearly been management’s preference to try to ride this out, to keep the veteran coach behind the bench throughout the season, but they’ve hit a new low now losing seven games in a row, outscored 37-8 in those games.”
Johnston adds that they may have to make the move now.
“They’ve wanted to keep Dallas Eakins down in the American Hockey League with the San Diego Gulls. He’s thought of as the eventual successor to Carlyle, but with the way this road trip went, they might be forced into a decision a little quicker than they wanted.”