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.

Oilers Sign Bryzgalov, Trade Smid To The Flames.

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The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract, and traded defenseman Ladislav Smid and goalie prospect Olivier Roy to the Calgary Flames for forward Roman Horak and goalie prospect Laurent Brossoit.


Oilers sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year deal.

Oilers sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Busy afternoon for Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. One of the moves I understand (Bryzgalov) while the other leaves me a bit puzzled (Smid).  

The Oilers need goaltending depth, and at this point they have little choice but to take a chance on Bryzgalov. Hopefully it won’t take him long to shake off the rust as his last game was with the Flyers back in April.  No word yet on how much Bryzgalov’s salary will be but considering he got an expensive buyout from the Flyers, it’ll be affordable for the Oilers.

As for trading Smid, he was their best defensive blueliner over the past couple of years, ranking among the league leaders in hits and blocked shots. Moving him for a checking line forward doesn’t make much sense to me. I know the Oilers need depth on the checking lines, but trading their best defensive d-man to get one is strange.

NHL Blog Beat – November 8, 2013.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have the most expensive fan experience, Claude Giroux’s slump, P.K. Subban’s ice time, Brad Marchand’s struggles and more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

Kyle Turris is a fantasy hockey "stud".

Kyle Turris is a fantasy hockey “stud”.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski reviews the latest NHL fan cost index and notes the expense of attending a Maple Leafs game, Ryan Lambert with his version of NHL “power rankings”, and Darryl Dobbs of Dobber Hockey explains why Kyle Turris is a fantasy hockey stud and Sergei Bobrovsky a dud.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne examines Claude Giroux’s ongoing slump, while Dave Lozo wonders why P.K. Subban isn’t seeing as much ice time as he should.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe examines why the Metropolitan Division sucks so far this season.

HOCKEYBUZZ: NHL veteran Brad Marsh recalls his well-traveled years in the league.

THE 700 LEVEL: Ryan Bright on the Flyers need for a culture change.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: Matt Guerin believes the Winnipeg Jets need a bold move or two, like the St. Louis Blues made two seasons ago, to become a playoff contender.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Tom Collins examines the reasons behind Brad Marchand’s slump.

Panthers Fire Coaching Staff.

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The Florida Panthers have fired head coach Kevin Dineen along with assistants Craig Ramsay and Gord Murphy. They’ve elevated Peter Horachek, who coaches their AHL farm team in San Antontio, as Dineen’s replacement. 

Florida Panthers fire their coaching staff.

Florida Panthers fire their coaching staff.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: When you can’t fire the players, you fire the coaches. It’s been rumored for several weeks the Panthers could shop some of their veterans, and GM Dale Tallon has reportedly tried to find a trade. Unfortunately, too many teams lack the cap space to make significant moves right now, leaving Tallon without a trade partner.

Besides, the only Panthers most teams have interest in are their promising youngsters like Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad. Tallon has no interest in moving them

 The Panthers are a mess right now, and if they’re going to save their season Tallon had to do something. With no season-saving deal to be found, replacing the coaching staff was his only option.  Time will tell if it helps.