NHL Canadian Corner – November 10, 2013.

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Senators down the Panthers, Leafs fall to Bruins, Canucks crowned by Kings, Oilers beaten by Flyers, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Flames and Jets.

Mika Zibanejad (background) celebrates his goal against the Panthers.

Mika Zibanejad (background) celebrates his goal against the Panthers.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Goals by Kyle Turris, Mika Zibanejad and Clarke MacArthur lifted the Senators to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was a rare win for the Sens over Panthers goalie Tim Thomas, who was 23-9-2 lifetime against Ottawa.

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs suffered a closely-contested 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, which was their first game in Boston since their stunning Game Seven collapse against the Bruins in the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Roberto Luongo was pulled after giving up four goals on 18 shots as the road-weary Canucks were thumped 5-1 by the Los Angeles Kings.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers fell 4-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers in a game notable for Flyers captain Claude Giroux finally scoring his first goal of the season.

LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens have yet to open contract negotiations with captain Brian Gionta, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

CALGARY SUN: Young center Joe Colborne is quietly carving out a spot with the Flames.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Playing .500 hockey has become a way of life for the Jets.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 10, 2013.

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Game recaps, plus updates on Rick Nash, Nathan MacKinnon, Dustin Penner and more.

STLTODAY.COM: Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves in a losing cause.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Marian Hossa scored twice and Patrick Kane tallied the winning goal as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Dallas Stars 5-2.

Shane Doan scores the game-tying goal against the Capitals.

Shane Doan scores the game-tying goal against the Capitals.

TBO.COM: Teddy Purcell’s overtime goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, marking the first time in 19 years the Lightning have beat the Wings in Detroit.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Shane Doan game-tying goal late in the third set the stage for Mikkel Boedker’s shootout winner as the Phoenix Coyotes rallied back to down the Washington Capitals 4-3.

TWINCITIES.COM: Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville tallied for the Minnesota Wild in the shootout in a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, marking the Wild’s first shootout win of the season.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Ryan Johansen had his first three-point NHL game and James Wisniewski had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Islanders 5-2.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Injured Rangers winger Rick Nash has returned to skating on his own but still has no timetable for his return. Nash says he intends to remain patient in his recovery.

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon has adjusted well so far to life in the NHL.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Over six years after he left the Anaheim Ducks, Dustin Penner is enjoying his second go-around with the club.

PHILLY.COM: The proposed “Emery Rule” could mark the beginning of the end of fighting in the NHL.

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.