For the conspiracy theorists out there, let the record show that there will be a staggering 17 scouts in attendance for tonight’s tilt against the Canucks, including two each from L.A., the Islanders, and Florida (GM Jacques Martin among them).
Open market on Petr Prucha? Maybe.
More likely is the simple fact that the Canucks rarely come east, so area scouts will want to jump at the chance to see them up close. Don’t forget, the Sedin twins will be free agents July 1. Actually, 13 players in all on the Vancouver roster will be either UFA’s or RFA’s at season’s end.
So in other words, those scouts will be busy.
Meanwhile, I just walked into the Garden, wher Zipay reminded me the game doesn’t start until 7:30. Doh! That’s an extra half hour I could have spent at home ignoring the leaves piled up on the front lawn. Instead it will be an extra half hour speculating why there are so many scouts here.