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.

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3 Responses to NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 20, 2011.

  1. NikK says:

    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. CoachBowman_2003 says:

    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. adoe says:

    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.

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