An update on contract talks between Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets, plus Tomas Kaberle hopes to return to the NHL this season.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports contract talks between the Blue Jackets and restricted free agent Ryan Johansen remain at a standstill. GM Jarmo Kekalainen notes plenty of time remains to get Johansen re-signed before training camp opens in a month. He doesn’t want the young center to stage a holdout. Portzline notes as yet no rival club has signed Johansen to an offer sheet. Kekalainen has stated the club would match any offer. It’s believed the Jackets have offered up an annual salary worth between $3.5 – $4 million, while Johansen’s agent Kurt Overhardt is believed seeking upwards of $7 million annually.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t be surprised if rumors start popping up around the blogosphere claiming teams are pitching trade proposals for Johansen or preparing to ink him to an offer sheet. Rest assured, however, the Jackets management has no intention of parting with him. If Johansen does stage a holdout, however, he and the Jackets will have until December 1 to re-sign him, otherwise he’ll become ineligible to play the remainder of this season.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos reports former long-time Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle might have a training camp tryout on the table but it’s not with an Ontario-based NHL team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Safe to say it’s not with his other former clubs (Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens) or with the Detroit Red Wings or Dallas Stars, as he’s a left-handed shot and they’ve got plenty of those.