It’s a slow news day and the NHL isn’t the biggest show in town today. We’ll make this short and sweet. Let’s take a second to talk about some scouts that have been at games recently:
Lots of scouts here for Sharks/Red Wings. A dozen listed, including two each from Jets and Maple Leafs. Also, not a lot of games on the schedule tonight.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) February 1, 2018
Second straight game that there are two Tampa Bay Lightning scouts on the press box seating chart— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) February 2, 2018
It seems like a Jets trade is unlikely, with the Jets being so dominant in the same conference as the Sharks. The Lightning and the Maples Leafs could be interesting. Toronto, along with the Rangers, had also scouted a recent Barracuda game. Kurz had reported last month that Montreal had been regularly scouting Sharks games, as well.
It’s that time of year for trade rumors, so use this information to figure out how the Sharks are going to get Stamkos or something.
Here’s Sharks news and notes:
San Jose Sharks Trade History: Best and Worst Trades of All-Time - Last Word on Hockey
The History of Trade is a mini-series going through each team’s best and worst trades of all time. Each team has their own history and some may cross over, but the series will try to stick to each team. This article will focus on the San Jose Sharks trade history, finding the best and worst of all time.
Sharks, Hurricanes feeling the power
The San Jose Sharks keep cranking out power-play goals and they've set a standard recently in that department. "I don't think we're going to change much," Carolina captain Jordan Staal said. San Jose has 14 goals and Carolina has 13 goals on power plays during that span.
Couture coming up huge for Sharks in Thornton's absence | NBCS Bay Area
You can't replace a Joe Thornton. But ever since he went down with a knee injury, Logan Couture has done everything for San Jose.
And around the league:
Lightning Fan Voting for Top-25 All-Time Bolts Begins: Write-in campaign to include Manon Rheaume - Raw Charge
The top-25 vote receivers will be honored at Fan Appreciation Night on April 6th.
Should NHL ease up on goaltender interference reviews? - Sportsnet.ca
Goaltender interference has been a popular topic within the hockey community this season, and as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman explained, there will certainly be more discussions about the ongoing issue within the league.
NHL insider: Cullen says he's proud of being oldest player in the NHL - StarTribune.com
Jaromir Jagr's recent exit from the Calgary Flames to play in his native Czech Republic means the Wild's Matt Cullen was now the oldest player in the league at 41.
Inside the NHL: Tavares’ free agency, Isles’ arena saga provide interesting backdrop to their visit – The Buffalo News
New York Islanders will be in KeyBank Center to finish the Sabres homestand Thursday night and their lone visit of the season comes as they are building one of…
Why it would make sense for 2017-18 to be Andrew MacDonald’s final year with the Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
Andrew MacDonald has 2 years left on his deal, but that doesn’t mean he has to spend them in orange and black.
Putting Grabner’s success in context - Blueshirt Banter
Grabner is the best free agent winger the Rangers have signed in years.
What the Return of Mike Fisher Means for the Nashville Predators - On the Forecheck
Wednesday brought some excellent news about our former captain. What will Mike Fisher bring back to the Predators?
Oh, and Go Birds.