The latest on Jarome Iginla, Ryan Johansen, Corey Crawford, Antoine Roussel, Saku Koivu and more.
CBS DENVER: Colorado Avalanche executive VP of hockey operations Joe Sakic sang the praises of recently-signed forward Jarome Iginla, particularly his shot and leadership.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports of some progress in contracts talks between the Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen, with his agent Kurt Overhardt sending the club a second contract offer. It’s for a two-year “bridge contract”, the type Johansen considered “a slap in the face” a month ago. Overhardt said his client wants to stay in Columbus and was excited by the club’s re-signing Brandon Dubinsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the term out of the way, now come the haggling over the dollars. No word on how much Johansen is seeking for salary. He earned an average cap hit of $870k though with performance bonuses of $1.945 million per season.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta expect an easy transition with new goalie coach Jimmy Waite.
NBC SPORTS: Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel has asked for $2.35 million in arbitration while the Stars countered with $1.15 million.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Former Anaheim Ducks forward Saku Koivu is seeking $6.6 million for his home in Irvine, California.