NHL Rumors: Scouting TOR-NYI, PHI-CBJ, and DAL-LA … Rangers, Islanders, Maple Leafs...

NHL Rumors: Scouting TOR-NYI, PHI-CBJ, and DAL-LA … Rangers, Islanders, Maple Leafs and Bruins

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Rick Nash and Michael Grabner held out. Josh Bailey and the New York Islanders closing in on a long-term deal.
Scouting the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders …

Michael Augello: Scouts listed to attend tonight’s Maple Leafs-Islanders game: Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, and the Colorado Avalanche.

Scouting the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets …

Adam Kimelman: Scouts listed to attend tonight’s Flyers-Blue Jackets game: Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes, and Detroit Red Wings.

Scouting the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings …

Dennis Bernstein: Scouts listed to attend tonight’s Stars-Kings game: Anaheim Ducks (3), Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Boston Bruins.

On the New York Rangers …

Brett Cyrgalis: The Rangers have held out forwards Rick Nash and Michael Grabner from tonight’s game as a precaution.

On the New York Islanders …

Bob McKenzie: The Islanders and pending free agent forward Josh Bailey are close to finalizing a five- or six-year deal with a salary cap hit around $5 million.

Bob McKenzie: If/when finalized, this could have a positive effect on the Islanders potentially being able to re-sign John Tavares once the season is over.

On the Toronto Maple Leafs …

Pierre LeBrun: The Maple Leafs are not on Ryan McDonagh‘s 10-team No-trade list. The Rangers are okay to trade him to the Leafs if they can work something out. The Boston Bruins are also still in the mix, but the price needs to come down.

On the Boston Bruins …

Matt Kalman: Believe that Blackhawks Patrick Sharp would make sense for the Bruins if they can’t work out a bigger deal. Would assume that the price to acquire Sharp would be similar to what the Bruins paid last year for Drew Stafford. (Bruins gave up a conditional sixth-round pick for Stafford)