Travis Scott to leave Metallurg?
Metallurg goalie Travis Scott (center)
My site meter tipped me off today to a couple of German hockey forums that have been buzzing all day, over a report that was posted earlier by Kölnische Rundschau, saying that the DEL's Kölner Haie (Cologne Sharks) are about to lure goalie Travis Scott away from Russian champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
The report is so new (or just plain unconfirmed) that none of the Russian sites have picked it up yet, and the Rundschau article claims that the German club is so far acting shy with the details of the deal because some of the team's management (including head coach Doug Mason, as well as the Cologne Sharks' GM) are currently in North America scouting AHL players.
Travis Scott, of course, was instrumental in Metallurg Magnitogorsk winning the Russian Super League title earlier this month over favored Ak Bars Kazan, as well as having been the top goaltender in the RSL for each of the past two seasons. Scott posted a 1.22 goals-against average for Metallurg in '05-'06, and a 1.61 GAA in '06-'07.
Meanwhile, Kölner Haie, who led all German teams in attendance last season, are apparently looking for a replacement for their own star goalie from this past season's team, Adam Hauser. Hauser, who (like Scott) is a former member of the AHL's Manchester Monarchs, posted the top GAA in the German league last season, one spot ahead of former Hartford Wolf Pack goalie J-F Labbe (click here for Eurohockey.net's review of the '06-'07 German regular season).
Now, let's run really fast, then drop him!
Whether or not Kölner Haie are successful in their quest to sign Travis Scott, they can always comfort themselves with their victory in this carry-your-own-mascot race against, I don't know, some German football club or something.
UPDATE 4/29/07 - It's now a done deal-- the Haie web site has posted an announcement of Scott's signing.