If the movement from scouts as of late is any indication, we may be in store for some moves before the holidays. It's important to keep in mind that all trades must be made before December 19th when the National Hockey League's roster freeze comes into effect and remains until the 28th.
With the Los Angeles Kings connected to multiple trade rumors in the past few days including talk that they could look to add a veteran to play with Anze Kopitar and Marion Gaborik. There's also the matter of Jonathan Quick's injury which now only has the star goalie coming back in March of 2017, and with the Kings appearing to have very little faith in Jeff Zatkoff, a goalie trade seems almost inevitable at this point.
You can bet that other NHL teams are acutely aware of the fact that the Kings are looking to make moves in order to save their season, and as a result we saw a huge scouting presence at their game against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
According to Chad DeDominicis of the Fourth Period, there were scouts from the following teams on hand last night:
The Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Winnipeg Jets, Washington Capitals, Las Vegas Golden Knights, Florida Panthers, Sana Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs. DeDominicis noted that the Habs scouts have been a regular fixture at games held in Buffalo this season, so their presence may be more coincidental.
It's a huge contingent of scouts, enough to certainly indicate that there is something brewing here, and as a side note it's interesting to see Las Vegas already sending out their scouts to look at potential expansion draft talent, and perhaps even to look for moves the organization can make in the future.