Daily Archives: November 9, 2013

Daily Archives: November 9, 2013

Latest Oilers, Flyers, Panthers & Rangers Rumors – November 9, 2013.

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Are the Oilers and Flyers trying to work out a deal with each other? Are more moves coming for the Panthers? Could the Rangers shop Michael Del Zotto?

Are the Oilers pursuing a trade for Wayne Simmonds?

Are the Oilers pursuing a trade for Wayne Simmonds?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis has the roundup of Friday’s rampant speculation claiming the Oilers were on the verge of shipping winger Ales Hemsky to the Philadlephia Flyers, including reports from Twitter which finally rejected those rumors.  Willis suggests if the Oilers are keen to acquire a big, physical forward they should set their sights upon Tomas Kopecky of the Florida Panthers.

Jim Matheson, meanwhile, breaks down the signing of Ilya Bryzgalov and the trading away of defenseman Ladislav Smid by the Oilers, noting they’ve cleared $3.5 million in cap space which could be put toward adding another player, like Philadelphia’s Braydon Coburn (whom they pursued last summer) or Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds.  Smid’s agent told Matheson he feels the Oilers aren’t done dealing.  As for rumors yesterday claiming the Flyers were pursuing Jordan Eberle, Matheson doesn’t believe the winger will be dealt.

SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector believes the Oilers are indeed working hard to acquire Wayne Simmonds from the Flyers. He claims Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is willing to listen to offers for anyone on his roster except Claude Giroux and Steve Mason. He also noted the rumors Hemsky could be headed to an Eastern team but doubts the Flyers are the destination.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports a league source claimed the Flyers had interest in Jordan Eberle but that was dismissed by the Oilers as “laughable”. Panaccio believes the Flyers are in need of a major move if they’re to avoid missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers want a true impact player, which explains their rumored interest in Eberle, but the Oilers won’t part with any of their young forwards.  I also don’t believe Nail Yakupov would be of interest to the Flyers, not because he’s Russian but because he’s yet to reach the point where he can be considered a true impact player.  

The Oilers would love to land Simmonds, but the Flyers won’t part with him for Ales Hemsky. They’ll want a substantial player in return. Same goes for Coburn.  While I don’t doubt the two teams have talked, I don’t see where there’s a deal which could be to their mutual benefit. To land Coburn and/or Simmonds, the Oilers would have to part with a player like Eberle, and they won’t do that.

The Oilers probably aren’t done dealing and I don’t doubt Holmgren is desperately shopping around for help, but it doesn’t seem like the two teams can work out a deal between themselves.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon claims the firing yesterday of his coaching staff is the first of many moves to come for the club if they don’t improve under the new coaching staff. “This is just the beginning of our changes that need to be made”, said Tallon. “If our players don’t respond to this, then they won’t be Panthers for very long”. LeBrun believes the only untouchables on the Panthers are young players like Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. The Panthers also put defenseman Ryan Whitney on waivers yesterday. Of the Panthers veterans, Dmitri Kulikov has garnered the most interest.  LeBrun also reported via Twitter Tallon has tried “might hard” to find a trade fit over the past two weeks.

NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough lists Tomas Fleischmann, Marcel Goc, Jesse Winchester, Shawn Matthias and Tom Gilbert among those veterans who could be shopped soon by the Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers have been on an endless loop for years through several general managers. Lots of talk of untouchable youngsters and available veterans, but no real improvement in the club’s fortunes.  Wash, rinse, repeat. Expect a fire sale of veteran Panthers starting near the trade deadline and carrying on into the summer.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks noted the poor play and reduced ice time this season of Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who could soon be benched if his play doesn’t improve. Brooks believes Del Zotto could be had on the trade market, but the Rangers would need a defenseman capable of playing 19 minutes per game on their right side. Though the Oilers, Flyers, Sabres and Panthers are willing to make trades, Brooks doesn’t believe Del Zotto is a fit with those clubs.

NHL Canadian Corner – November 9, 2013.

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Maple Leafs edge the Devils, Jets blank the Predators, Flames fall to the Avalanche, reaction to the Oilers recent moves, explaining P.K. Subban’s decreased ice time, plus the latest on Robin Lehner and Brad Richardson.

Phil Kessel completes a highlight reel goal against the Devils.

Phil Kessel completes a highlight reel goal against the Devils.

TORONTO SUN: James van Riemsdyk shootout goal lifted the Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The game was highlighted by a thrilling end-to-end goal by Leafs star Phil Kessel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That goal was just one example why the Leafs paid so much to keep Kessel in the lineup for the next eight years.

WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien scored his first goal of the season and Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves as the Jets blanked the Nashville Predators 5-0.

CALGARY HERALD: Despite a strong effort by the line of Mike Cammalleri, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Backlund, the Flames fell 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche, whose record is now 13-2-0.

EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones tries to find the good in yesterday’s moves (signing Ilya Bryzgalov, shipping Ladislav Smid to Calgary) by the Oilers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey attempts to explain Canadiens coach Michel Therrien handling this season of Norris-winning defenseman P.K. Subban.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hickey makes good points, but that’s not going to calm Habs fans fearful Therrien could drive Subban out of Montreal, or stop some pundits from suggesting this is a conspiracy tied to Subban’s upcoming contract negotiations.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Robin Lehner is pushing Craig Anderson for the starting goalie role with the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: By next summer the Senators could reach a crucial point with their goalies. While Lehner acknowledges Anderson as the starter, he’s making the case to become a starting goaltender. That could force management to choose between one or the other in the near future.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Versatile forward Brad Richardson has proven to be a solid addition to the Canucks this season.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2013.

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Ryan Getzlaf’s hat trick leads Ducks over the Sabres, Flyers owner baffled by his club’s poor performance, plus updates on Duncan Keith, Alex Steen, Brent Burns, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Chimera and more.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf celebrates his first NHL hat trick.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf celebrates his first NHL hat trick.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Ryan Getzlaf’s first career NHL hat trick carried the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-2 rout of the lowly Buffalo Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Getzlaf is known primarily as an elite playmaker, it’s still surprising that this was his first NHL hat trick.

NOTE: Game recaps involving Canadian NHL teams can be found in “Canadian Corner”.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers owner Ed Snider claims he’s baffled by his club’s poor performance this season, saying he’s never seen anything like this in his 47 years in the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The constant roster shakeups since the summer of 2011 probably have something to do with it.

CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith is quietly regaining the form which won him the Norris Trophy in 2010.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Alex Steen is scoring at a pace reminiscent of former Blues great Brett Hull.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Steen probably can’t maintain this early torrid scoring pace, but he is emerging this season as a star in his own right. Hopefully, he can remain healthy, as his lengthy injury history hampered his development.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is making progress in his recovery from undisclosed facial injuries but there’s no deadline for his return.

TBO.COM: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula faces his former team for the first time when the Lightning face off tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Filppula has thrived so far with the Lightning, on pace to match the best season (66 points) of his career.

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings could use Filppula now, as injuries to Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss has depleted their struggling second line.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals yesterday re-signed forward Jason Chimera to a two-year, $4 million contract. Chimera was due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

DENVER POST: Oft-injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson is sidelined again, this time by a back injury expected to keep him on the shelf for two weeks.

NBC SPORTS:  The NHL has suspended Florida Panthers forward Jesse Winchester three games for elbowing Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly in the head.