NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 20, 2011.

In this morning’s collection of headlines: The ten biggest questions facing the Vancouver Canucks heading into preseason…Capitals GM defends Alexander Semin…Bruins hoping to count on Tyler Seguin…Flyer-Maple Leafs could see two sets of brothers face off tonight…Another bidder steps up for Stars… Two former NHLer’s battling for roster spots with Panthers…Former NHLer Mike Danton saves a teammate’s life in Sweden…Kings re-sign Westgarth.

VANCOUVER SUN: listed ten questions facing the Vancouver Canucks this pre-season. Among them: who replaces Christian Ehrhoff on the blueline? Is Keith Ballard going to bounce back?

WASHINGTON POST: reports Capitals GM George McPhee defended much-maligned forward Alexander Semin, particularly those critical of Semin’s playoff performance, noting his point-per-game average in the post-season is higher at 37 games (30 points) than Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk was at the same point in his career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem for Semin is that production has been streaky. If he can pick it up like Datsyuk has, he’ll silence his critics.

BOSTON HERALD: reports sophomore Tyler Seguin earned the trust of head coach Claude Julien during last season’s playoffs, and has worked on his conditioning in the off-season to improve his performance further this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin gave tantalizing glimpses last spring as to just how talented he’s going to be with more playing time, and hopefully Julien gives him the opportunity.

PHILLY.COM: reports two sets of brothers could be facing off against each other in tonight’s Flyers-Maple Leafs game, with young Flyers Brayden Schenn and Blake Kessel potentially facing older brothers Luke Schenn and Phil Kessel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brothers have faced off against each other before in the NHL, but two sets doing so is rare.

SPORTSDAY DFW: reports former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg might get into the bidding for the bankrupt Dallas Stars. Currently Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi has made a bid of $267 million.

MIAMI HERALD: reports former NHLers Mark Cullen and Steven Reinprecht, along with former first rounder Angelo Esposito, are battling for roster spots in this year’s Panthers training camp.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ll have to be very impressive to make the cut this season.

QMI AGENCY (VIA OTTAWA SUN) reports former NHLer Mike Danton used first-aid training he received during his five-year stint in prison to save the life of a Swedish teammate who suffered a seizure during a recent game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Danton ever returns to the NHL, but he has certainly made progress since his release from prison as a responsible citizen.

KUKLA’S KORNER: last night reported the Los Angeles Kings announced the re-signing of forward Kevin Westgarth to a two-year contract.


  1. Any comparison between Semin and Datsyuk is totally baseless.
    During Datsyuk’s first 37 playoff games, he was on the 3rd line and not counted on for offence.

  2. NikK | Tuesday, 20 September 2011 at 1:43 pm

    ”Any comparison between Semin and Datsyuk is totally baseless.
    During Datsyuk’s first 37 playoff games, he was on the 3rd line and not counted on for offence.”

    Datsyuk is a better all around player than Semin.

  3. I’m a capsfan and I almost went into chock when Semin got himself a raise after yet another under-potential-season. If you’ve looked at alot of capsgames, as I have, when Semin is hot his skills is out of this world and then he turn it of for 10 games and looks like he don’t care. I hate that. But a Semin in good mood, wilingl to make the extra effort and act like a pro so he can be that great player he actually can – pay him 10M/year, because that guy can dazzle with the best of them.