On the Tampa Bay Lightning …
Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: Before the Lightning re-signed Steven Stamkos late last June, the Lightning spoke with left winger Andrew Ladd.
On David Booth …
Aivis Kalnins: Hearing that forward David Booth is signing with Avangard of the KHL.
Scouting the Colorado Avalanche – Boston Bruins game …
Adrian Dater: Teams listed to watch the Avs-Bruins game: Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.
On trade talk, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues …
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Trade talk is expected to heat up when the GM’s meet on Tuesday.
“You’re reaching the point of the season where everybody knows what they’ve got and now there will be teams that will want to make moves,” a league executive said Saturday. “This will be a chance for teams to try to at least get some talks going.”
Winnipeg Jets defends man Jacob Trouba made his season debut on Friday. His trade request backfired. They had little choice but to re-sign with the Jets as the December 1st deadline for RFAs had been fast approaching. There were some talks between the Anaheim Ducks and Jets involving Cam Fowler, but a deal was never close.
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving could be busy during the GM meetings as they are needing to turn things around. They are not getting a lot of interest in defenseman Deryk Engelland or center Lance Bouma.
Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning has been working the phones looking for scoring help. If the Canucks let head coach Willie Desjardins go, AHL coach Travis Green would be the top candidate to take over.
The Dallas Stars have been trying to trade defenseman Jamie Oleksiak.
It’s doubtful the St. Louis Blues are going to extend defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. If the Blues are looking to shake things up and don’t want to fire Ken Hitchcock, they could look to move Shattenkirk.