This morning’s roundup: Capitals owner addresses questions about Alexander Semin…Senators owner denies he’s selling the team…Five Flyers to watch in training camp…Pre-season questions about the Sharks…Rangers coach John Tortorella could become an HBO star…Pavel Kubina adds voice to calls against head shots…A proposal which would keep Blue Jackets in Columbus to 2039…NHL implements social media policy…Hurricanes add veteran blueliner.
WASHINGTON POST: reports Capitals owner Ted Leonsis answered questions about winger Alexander Semin in a recent interview, saying he didn’t understand Semin’s unpopularity and hopes he’ll “come in with focus” this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cryptically, Leonsis also suggested he didn’t know what the future held for Semin, who’s on a one-year contract. In other words, if he doesn’t come in with focus this season, he’ll be playing elsewhere next season.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: reports Senators owner Eugene Melnyk admitted he lost a lot of money operating his team last season but shot down talk he might sell the team, saying he’ll never sell the team as long as the fan base remains interested.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What will make those fans more interested, and earn Melnyk more money, is rebuilding the team into a playoff club again, something management began to address since the middle of last season. They probably won’t make the playoffs this season, but with their young talent, could perhaps make it in a couple of years.
PHILLY.COM: listed Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Michael Nylander, Andreas Lilja and Zac Rinaldo as five players to watch in Flyers training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schenn is the one who’ll likely face the most attention. A once-highly touted LA Kings prospect, he joined the Flyers this summer as part of the return in the Mike Richards deal.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: offers up five questions facing the Sharks as they enter training camp, including who pairs with new Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, and where new Sharks forward Martin Havlat fits in.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Sharks fans I’ve conversed with suggest Marc-Edouard Vlasic as Burns’ defense partner, while Havlat might end up on the second line if speculation of Joe Pavelski moving up to the first line are true.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: reports HBO’s “24-7” crew showed up recently at the Rangers practice facility, as part of their preparation to film the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers for their Winter Classic matchup. The report suggested Rangers coach John Tortorella could become a star the same way as Washington’s Bruce Boudreau did in last year’s “Road to the Winter Classic” series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The HBO cameras will love Tortorella, one of the most outspoken and emotional coaches in the NHL.
TAMPABAY.COM: reports Pavel Kubina said the NHL needs to levy consistent punishment on head shots so everyone will know they’re accountable.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: reports a proposed deal involving casino tax revenues could help keep the Blue Jackets in Columbus until 2039 under a new arena deal. The Blue Jackets are reportedly losing $10-$12 million per season under their current deal with Nationwide Arena.
CBC.CA: reports the NHL has implemented a social media policy for its players for the upcoming season:
“Highlights of the policy include a social media blackout window before, during and after games, as well as during practice and any other team obligations. Any use of social media applications such as Twitter or Facebook in violation of these rules may be subject to an undisclosed punishment.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So no trash talking opponents from the press box by healthy scratches.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: reports the Carolina Hurricanes have signed former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year, two-way contract, worth $600K at the NHL level and $150K at the AHL level.