NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Leafs, Penguins and UFA Goalies

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: A couple weeks ago the Blue Jackets and RFA Ryan Johansen were making some progress on a bridge deal, but were about $3 million apart. Two weeks later, not much progress has been made. When asked on the weekend if they were still far apart on a deal, one of the parties said in a text, “hectares.” Training camp starts on September 18th. Johansen is planning to return to Columbus later this month. If the Blue Jackets sign Johansen to a two- or three-year deal, he’ll still be a RFA, but will have arbitration rights. A four-year deal would put him into unrestricted free agency.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: If the Maple Leafs pair Dion Phaneuf with Roman Polak, Phaneuf would be moved back to the left side. The Leafs started talking with Daniel Winnik on July 1st but he was looking for too much money. Hearing that Joe Bowen won’t be calling Leafs games on TV, only radio.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford last week on Brandon Sutter:

    “The best way to characterize the process is it’s moving in the right direction,” Rutherford said. “I would suspect by next week we might be able to get something done.”

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Some UFA goaltenders that are still available: Martin Brodeur, J.S. Giguere, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tim Thomas, Tomas Vokoun, Cal Heeter and David LeNeveu.
  • Jeff Marek: Blue Jackets 1st round pick Sonny Milano will play in with Plymouth (OHL) this season instead of going to Boston College. Adam Kimelman: Milano confirms that he’ll be going to Boston College in the fall.
  • Corey Pronman: The Maple Leafs are working on signing 2014 1st round pick, William Nylander.


  1. Ross

    August 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I know it won’t happen but I’d love to see enstrom and Kane for johansen and rychel, as a jets fan that is

  2. Johnny

    August 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Milano is attending Boston College instead of Plymouth according to NHL.com

  3. joey

    August 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    And as a jackets fan I would like to see Buff and Kane for Savard and Calvert.

  4. GaryMagic

    August 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Can’t believe CBJ is holding out on Johansen. No problem overpaying for Horton, but they can’t pay their best skater? If they lose him, their best point getter will be a defeseman in Wisniewski.

    He deserves around 4-4.5 million. How can they be 3 million apart unless he is asking for the moon?

  5. john

    August 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    NOOOOO! dont sign nylander yet hes too young and small he needs to bulk up. another year in the SWE league could do him good

  6. blake

    August 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Even if the leafs sign nylander he can still go back to shl (sweden) because he’s under 20. Or play in the ahl because he’s a euro. On another note who’s going to be calling leaf games? So disappointed bowen won’t be :( he makes a sh*tty game a little more exciting

  7. Lee

    August 5, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Bums me out that Joe Bowen won’t be calling games on TV anymore and will only be doing radio. Truly the best play-by-play voice the leafs have ever had.

  8. Sheila

    August 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I’ll just turn off the tv volume and turn up the radio.

  9. Hankbemis

    August 5, 2014 at 11:23 am

    There is a delay

  10. phound

    August 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Thinking they need to get Joe Bowen to record his voice so that they can use technology and we can listen to him call the games forever….LONG LIVE JOE…