Michael Arace: Columbus Blue Jackets media day off to a rousing start. President John Davidson comes right out and announces what the team has offered hold out forward Ryan Johansen: $6M/2yrs, $32M/6 yrs, $46M/8 yrs.
The Blue Jackets and Johansen are not in a good place right now. This could lead to Johansen demanding a trade out of Columbus.
Sportsnet: The Ottawa Senators have offered forward Bobby Ryan a 7-year contract extension. Rumours recently surfaced that Ryan turned down a seven-year, $49-million offer.
Bryan Murray quote:
“Bobby wants to wait to see the role and the importance he has. Is he going to be one of the top core guys? There were games last year he felt he didn’t play very much or play a very important role. He’s the kind of guy, he’s got a big upside for us, but he wants to be one of those guys you count on. I totally understand that.”
TheHockeyWriters.com: The NHL season has yet to start and the goalie-plagued club has already lost Josh Harding to an ankle injury. Darcy Kuemper is a restricted free agent and seeking a fair deal from the Wild. Kuemper is asking for a one-year, one-way deal. The Wild want him to sign a two-year deal, in which the first year will be a two-way deal and the second year will be one-way.