Paajarvi to KHL
Aivis Kalnins: It’s sounding like Magnus Paajarvi could be joining Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL.
Kaprizov plans on coming to North America
Wild Prospects: Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov in an interview: “I think it’s clear. I’m going to the NHL next year.”
Michael Russo: Kaprizov’s agent has made it clear several times that their plan is to come to North America next season. Wild GM Bill Guerin plans on going to Russia November 30th to December 3rd.
Scouting the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning
Murray Pam: Teams listed to attend last night’s Senators-Lightning game: Arizona Coyotes (3), Vegas Golden Knights (2), Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals.
Senators halt President search
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman said that the Ottawa Senators have been looking for a President of Hockey Operations since last season, and have now decided they are halting the search until after this season.
Dubas in Russia
Igor Eronko: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has spent a couple of days in Russia talking to some players that he could possibly sign for next year.
Babcock on the hot seat?
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs GM Dubas didn’t make any offseason moves to fix the Maple Leafs issues (defensive and goaltending depth) in the short-term,
It is up to coach Mike Babcock to get the most of a not very deep and a basically inexperienced roster.
If Babcock can’t get them rolling this year he could lose his job. Toronto Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe is ready to take over coaching the team when the position opens up. Babcock has a $5 million per contract on his side.
Though the season is still really young, there is a sense of “urgency in the air.”