NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 8, 2014

Updates on Ryan Johansen, Teemu Selanne and Ryan White, plus the latest on the Capitals, Kings, Stars, Sabres and more.

Ryan Johansen seeks 2  or 4 year deals with the Blue Jackets.

Ryan Johansen seeks 2 or 4 year deals with the Blue Jackets.

NBC SPORTS: cites tweets from The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline providing an update on Ryan Johansen’s contract talks with the Blue Jackets. The Johansen camp has tabled two- and four-year deals. The Blue Jackets apparently want nothing to do with a four-year deal as that would take Johansen up to UFA status. They have offered up two- and three-year deals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Johansen’s lack of leverage he’ll probably end up signing a two- or three-year deal. 

CBS SPORTS: KHL Finnish team Jokerit has reportedly offered Teemu Selanne $10 million US to play for them.

ESPN.COM: Former Washington Capitals defenseman and Hall of Famer Rod Langway believes the club improved their blueline this summer with their additions of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering what the Capitals paid to bring in Niskanen and Orpik via free agency, their defense better improve. 

CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers signed former Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan White to a one-year, two-way deal.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Former Kings star Luc Robitaille will become the seventh Los Angeles sports icon to be honored with a statue in Star Plaza at Staples Center.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars owner Tom Gaglardi was convicted of violating Canadian environmental laws. Gaglari was found guilty on two counts of harmful alteration of fish habitat in Kamloops provincial court in Kamloops, British Columbia. He reportedly spent part of the trial working on his team’s line combinations. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres unveiled their variable ticket prices for the upcoming season.

ITAR-TASS: The NHL and KHL have renewed their memorandum of understanding for another season.

CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman recently went in search of hockey analytics blogger Vic Ferrari.