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