NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 19, 2014

Updates on Ryan Johansen, Simon Despres, Lee Stempniak, Danny DeKeyser and more.

Ryan Johansen no closer to a new contract with the Blue Jackets.

Ryan Johansen no closer to a new contract with the Blue Jackets.

NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to negotiate with restricted free agent Ryan Johansen. It’s believed Johansen seeks a four-year deal while the Blue Jackets prefer a two-year contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless someone pitches Johansen an offer sheet, he’ll either have to stage a holdout (which will likely do more harm than good to his performance this season) or accept the Blue Jackets’ offer. He’s go no arbitration rights and thus no leverage. 

TSN.CA/SPORTSNET.CA: Darren Dreger reports the New York Rangers are close to signing forward Lee Stempniak, while Brad May claims it’s a done deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers continue to try and shore up the depth they lost via free agency this summer. Time will tell how well addition like Stempniak fit into their roster. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Simon Despres to a two-year, $1.8 million contract. They have also hired Mark Recchi as a player development coach.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings are no closer to re-signing RFAs Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like Johansen with the Blue Jackets, DeKeyser and Tatar are coming off entry-level contracts and lack arbitration rights. They’ll both likely have to sign short-term bridge contracts. 

CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins re-signed Justin Florek.


  1. I like Ryan Johansen – a lot. Last season was no fluke, if I were the Jackets I’d be signing this guy long term. Nobody is tossing him an offer sheet, but teams would line up in the current impasse became so great that Johansen was placed on the trading block.

  2. Stempniak gets his 6th NHL team – not even close to teammate Dom Moore who is on his 9th NHL team. Put them together and call it the Gypsy Line.