Experts Look:

Just giving some Expert analysis on this weeks early rumors.- Bryant McBride, agent Jason Allison, reports that Allison ditched his crutches last week and could be back in the Kings lineup by the middle of next month – at least two weeks ahead of schedule reports the Boston Globe. Allison banged up a knee two weeks into the season, and initial reports had him out possibly until February

– Boston, with restricted free-agent defenseman Kyle McLaren rotting away while the Bruins set the pace in the East behind goalies Steve Shields and John Grahame, long has been rumored as one potential landing spot for DiPietro, a Massachusetts product who excelled at Boston University. The Bruins are among a slew of clubs (with Edmonton, Florida, Ottawa and others) said to be after either forwards Brad Isbister or Dave Scatchard. The Coyotes, who’ve been looking to dump winger Brian Savage, also have been trailing the Isles.

– The Senators continue their search for a physical, tough winger. The Sens may have their eyes focussed on Nashville’s Scott Walker, but he is currently injured.

– The Sabers are said to be shopping mainly Cris Gratton and Curtis Borwn.

– Scott Walker could very well be on the way out of Nashville. Ok, I guess he wouldn’t be the only one. Nashville needs a change.