Ryan Johansen C CLS 3 Days
Ryan Johansen's agent has reportedly made the Columbus Blue Jackets a two-year offer.
Johansen is a restricted free agent and previously called the Blue Jackets insistence on a shot-term contract a "slap in the face," so the fact that they're now willing to settle for a two-year deal is huge. He broke out last season with 33 goals and 63 points, but he didn't do much offensively in his first two NHL seasons. It's not hard to see why the Blue Jackets would want to hedge their bets by inking him to a short-term deal under the circumstances, although we don't think Johansen's 2013-14 campaign was a fluke.
Corey Crawford G CHI 3 Days
Corey Crawford should have an easy time adjusting to goalie coach Jimmy Waite seeing as he used to work with Jimmy's brother, Stephane.
Jimmy Waite is replacing Steve Weeks as the team's goalie coach. "I'm my own person, but we do think the same way about goaltending," Jimmy said. "For 20 years, we've been talking goalies all the time, so Stephane and I think the same way." Jimmy places an emphasis on positioning and being selective about when the goaltender is aggressive.
Brad Richards C CHI 3 Days
Brad Richards doesn't have a strong preference when it comes to who he wants to play alongside in Chicago.
Richards might end up playing alongside Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane, but that's not set in stone. "I've only watched [Kane], and he's exciting to watch," Richards said. "All of that is played out when you get on the ice. It's so hard to talk about it now because it might or might not work. . . . There are so many different players you can play with when you play here. It's a great opportunity, no matter who [it is]. If that's the case, I'd be thrilled. If not, there are other options that are very enticing, too." If Richards plays with Kane and Saad, then that would allow Jonathan Toews to play with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. That would make for two pretty intimidating lines.
Milan Lucic LW BOS 3 Days
Milan Lucic won't apologize for whatever he said in the handshake line during the conclusion of the Montreal-Boston series that bothered Dale Weise.
Lucic did add that in retrospect he feels he could have handled the situation better. "But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing," Lucic said. "I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents' Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake." Lucic and the Bruins will get their first rematch against the Canadiens on Oct. 16.
Owen Nolan RW VAN 3 Days
Retired NHL star Owen Nolan and his wife, Diana, have listed their home in San Jose for sale at $4.9 million
Nolan, 42, played 18 seasons for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes and Minnesota Wild, making five All-Star teams. He retired a Shark after signing a one-day contract with San Jose in 2012. Nolan's property last sold in June 1999 for $625,000, according to public records. The Mediterranean-inspired home, built in 2010, occupies more than three acres in the foothills of Almaden Valley with sprawling city views. Clad in hardwood and detailed molding, the nearly 9,500 square feet of living space includes a chef's kitchen, formal dining room, grand living room, five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and three powder rooms. Nolan and his wife own another home at the Almaden Country Club in San Jose that they purchased in late 2013 for $1.865 million. In 2012, the couple sold a 1,157-acre ranch in the foothills of Mount Hamilton to Santa Clara County for $2.65 million.
Cody Franson D TOR 3 Days1 Comment
Well-connected hockey insider Josh Rimer has tweeted that the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Cody Franson are close to agreeing on a contract and may be able to avoid Monday's scheduled salary-arbitration hearing.
Reports surfaced Saturday that the Leafs and Franson were far apart and that a hearing seemed likely. There was a big difference in the salary figures the sides were obligated to submit. Franson submitted a salary of $4.2 million while the Leafs suggested in their submission that Franson should be paid $2 million next season. Franson scored five goals and collected 33 points in 79 games last season.
Antoine Roussel F DAL 3 Days
With a salary arbitration meeting looming, forward Antoine Roussel has submitted a proposal in which the Dallas Stars would pay him $4.2 million per season, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.
Friedman reports the Stars have offered Roussel $2 million per season. The sides can work out a deal before the scheduled arbitration hearing on Aug. 1. Roussel had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games with Dallas last season.
Craig Smith C NAS 4 Days
Expectations are high in the coming season for forward Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.
Smith is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and scouts throughout the league have expected high numbers from him in the past couple of years. Last season, he was solid with 24 goals for the Preds and 52 points in 79 games. In the coming season, though, his statistics could be sky-high. The reason? New Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, who is promising to implement a fast-paced, wide-open offensive system. Smith can take advantage and he's excited about Laviolette's arrival in Nashville. "He's a pretty high-octane, high-powered offensive coach," Smith said. "He wants to outscore the other team versus trying to win 1-0, so I like that type of run-and-gun style. . ."
Mackenzie Weegar D FLA 4 Days
Florida general manager Dale Tallon sees offensive defenseman MacKenzie Weegar running the Panthers' power play sooner or later.
Weegar scored 103 points in 123 games in his two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Although Weegar has made strides, recent events suggest he might have to wait a while to become part of the Panthers' plans. The team re-signed Dmitry Kulikov and Dylan Olsen recently. Erik Gudbranson was just given a two-year deal while veterans such as Brian Campbell and the recently acquired Willie Mitchell are expected to lead the group. Once No. 1 pick Aaron Ekblad is signed, the Panthers could conceivably have their six defensemen wrapped up before training camp starts in a few months. "I think I was a little bit more positionally sound," said Weegar, 20, who was the Panthers' last pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. "There are still a lot more things to improve on. I haven't skated much this summer. We still have a few more months left before the big camp and I'll show up better."
Griffin Reinhart D NYI 4 Days
Defenseman Griffin Reinhart thinks he will make the New York Islanders in the coming season.
New York's first-round pick (No. 4 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-4, 217-pound defenseman impressed Islanders brass at training camp and scored a goal in a preseason game against the Calgary Flames. But the Isles decided Reinhart would be better served returning to the WHL. In his final season of junior hockey, Reinhart learned what it takes to become a champion. The Oil Kings captain played 66 games in the regular season and playoffs, and combined for 34 points and a plus-31 rating, leading Edmonton to a Memorial Cup championship. Now, he's itching to make the Islanders. And, if he does, he'll be circling Dec. 27 on his calendar. That will be New York's first game against the Buffalo Sabres, who used the second pick of the 2014 draft on center Sam Reinhart, Griffin's younger brother. Many believe Sam will play in the NHL as early as this season. He had 105 points (36 goals, 69 assists) in 60 games for the WHL's Kootenay Ice in 2013-14.