Two Pittsburgh Penguin Scouts were in attendance at the Boston-Montreal game yesterday.
Speculation is they were scouting Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray. As for Sergei Samzonov, his season is still in a downfall. Sergei Samsonov is enduring a serious scoring drought. Serious enough that some reports in Montreal suggest that his future with the Canadiens might be in doubt. Samsonov, has just 12 points in 26 games and hasn’t scored a goal in 16 contests, has been seeing some action on the team’s second line with Alexei Kovalev.
“Personally, I’d like to be contributing a little more offensively,” Samsonov was quoted as saying in the Boston Herald. “But other than that, we’re winning as a team, so it’s been good. I’ve played with Kovalev for the most part, and we’ve had some different centers. It seems like we do hold on to the puck a lot. We do have a lot of control, but as far as scoring goals, it hasn’t been there.” But reports speculate that when Chris Higgins returns from an ankle injury, he could reclaim his spot on the top line, moving rookie Guillaume Latendresse to Samsonov’s second-line spot. If Samsonov was bumped to the third line, some reports say he could become trade bait. A few months back, Samsonov’s agent, Neil Abbott, expressed his displeasure with the Canadiens organization. ” Bob Gainey’s heard our thoughts on this,” Abbott then told the Boston Globe. “He has in writing what our thoughts and concerns are. I hear there is a lot of trade talk around the league right now.”
Tim Panaccio of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER is reporting, the Flyers have received calls for struggling left winger Kyle Calder. His cap number is 2.95 million and the Flyers are looking for anybody to take him off their payroll.