The Canadiens have congestion on the blueline, the Islanders aren’t shopping a goalie, Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri being scouted, and Senators assign Nikita Filatov to the KHL.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Yvon Pedneault reports the Canadiens have eight defenseman on their roster, thanks to the addition of Tomas Kaberle via trade and Chris Campoli’s return from injury. Campoli is currently used as a seventh defenseman while Yannick Weber is being used as a fourth line forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring further injury, and if Andrei Markov returns before the February trade deadline, the Canadiens could shop a blueliner or two, possibly Campoli or Weber, for more depth at forward.
NEWSDAY: Steven Marcus reports Islanders GM Garth Snow says with at least one of his three goalies sidelined throughout this season by injury, he’s not looking to move one of them. Evgeni Nabokov is set to return from a groin injury but Rick DiPietro has a similar problem.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Snow could change his mind later in the season, but for now it’s the right call to retain them because of the recent injury history, and the best move would be to keep playing Al Montoya, who’s been their best goalie this season.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports he gets the sense Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri is being “scouted hard”, leading to the conclusion he could be GM Brian Burke’s trade chip.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was a recent report in the Ottawa Sun claiming Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson recently scouted the Toronto Marlies. If so, perhaps he was watching Kadri? Maybe a Kadri for Derick Brassard swap? Whaddya think, Leafs fans?
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have assigned forward Nikita Filatov to the KHL for the remainder of the season. They’ll retain his rights while he’s playing there.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for Filatov’s second chance to prove himself an NHL player.