In an interview with CBC's Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean, Scotty Bowman revealed that he was close to a job with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but was eventually turned down by MLSE president Richard Peddie. Bowman had various interviews with board members, Peddie and MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum, but was eventually told in August that Peddie would stick with current GM John Ferguson Jr. Bowman, who works for the Detroit Red Wings organization, revealed that he may still be interested in a Toronto Raptors president Bryan Colangelo-type job with the Leafs. Source
Also, on the intermission program "The Hotstove", it was rumoured that LA Kings defenseman Rob Blake may land with the Detroit Red Wings or the Ottawa Senators.
Phoenix Coyotes top prospects Kyle Turris and Kevin Porter will leave their respective NCAA teams and join the Coyotes late in the season.
The New York Rangers continue to scout the Columbus Blue Jackets closely, with assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld watching the Blue Jackets play Friday and Saturday. Director of player personnel Gordie Clark and several Rangers scouts have been in Nationwide Arena in recent weeks. Rumours of a trade between these two teams continue to spread. Source