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.