NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2011.

In today’s collection of morning coffee headlines: Crosby’s medical team not on the same page…Ryan Kesler won’t rush recovery…Neither will Patrick Kane…Wojtek Wolski hopes to land on Rangers top line…Training camp/preseason questions for the Avalanche, Jets, Flyers, Red Wings, Ducks and Capitals.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: reports Sidney Crosby’s medical team can’t seem to agree when the Penguins captain will be ready for contact drills.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least they agree he’s ready for non-contact drills.

VANCOUVER SUN: reports Canucks center Ryan Kesler said he’s not going to limp his way into this season, and doesn’t intend to return until he’s made a 100 percent recovery from off-season hip surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A wise course of action for Kesler, who’ll be far more effective if he were to miss a few games at the start of the season and return completely healthy, than to be partially recovered, try to rush back, and risk reinjuring himself.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: reports Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane intends to take a cautious approach in his recovery from wrist surgery while in training camp.

NEW YORK POST: reports Wojtek Wolski is hoping to put last season’s disappointing performance behind him and earn a spot on the Rangers top line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion this season is “make or break” for Wolski, whose stock has been in decline the past couple of seasons. He’ll need to seriously step up his game to earn a first line role.

DENVER POST: has ten questions facing the Colorado Avalanche. Among them: Does Semyon Varlamov have what it takes to be a starting goalie, and does J.S. Giguere have anything left in the tank?

WINNIPEG SUN: has five questions for the Jets entering training camp. Among them: Which Dustin Byfuglien will we see this season?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing the same one we saw last season.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio has ten questions for the Flyers entering training camp. Among them: Where does Brayden Schenn fit into the lineup, and will Michael Nylander rediscover his magic with Jaromir Jagr and earn a contract?

DETROIT NEWS: has several questions for the Detroit Red Wings entering traind camp. Among them: Who’ll back up goalie Jimmy Howard?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s Ty Conklin’s role to lose.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: raises some “key points” for the Anaheim Ducks. Among them: What will Teemu Selanne do in what should be his final NHL season?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if he hits 70 points.

WASHINGTON TIMES: has five questions for the Captials, one of which was wondering how healthy Mike Green is entering this season.

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  1. Jagr says he’ll give the Flyers a good shot this year, but I can’t help but wonder how many “groin injuries” he gets right before he has a game against the Pens. As for him and Nylander, I think they will rekindle the magic to a degree, however I also believe injuries will impact that. Nylander was never fast, so that won’t be something that will have changed over the years. It’ll come down to if Nylander can work the play making skills and if Jagr can bring some of his former self to the rink every night to make this work.