Rumors II: Johansen, Wideman, Stars, Semin and Bennett

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  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Two sources saying that there have been next to no talks for awhile between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen. They remain $3 million per season apart on a two-year deal. Johansen could be willing to go with a longer term deal but the Blue Jackets may be more interested in going shorter.
  • Aaron Portzline: (answering question) Trading Ryan Johansen is not a consideration for the Blue Jackets.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (mailbag) Reader asks if the Stars could be interested in Flames Dennis Wideman. Heika notes that he has three-years left at $5.25 million per season, but is a right handed defenseman who can play on the power play and is solid defensively. Heika thinks the Stars will target a No. 1 defenseman next offseason when they clear potentially $18 million in cap space (Sergei Gonchar, Shawn Horcoff, Erik Cole and Rich Peverley). An upper body injury last year could be a concern for the 31-year old.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said he’s spoken with Alex Semin’s agent and said that he’s training in New Jersey and is expected to be healthy for training camp.
  • Mark Spector: Flames GM Brad Treliving on if Sam Bennett will stick with the Flames: “I would be shocked.”


  1. Jerry

    September 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Wideman… Solid defensively… Did he suddenly learn to play defense after he left Boston?

  2. anonymous

    September 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Whoever designed the new format of this site must like overcomplicating things. It was way better to just scroll down the list instead of having to load a new page and backtrack half a dozen times. Most of the material here since the draft has been garbage anyway. NFL and NBA sites come up with several new articles and postings every day on several topics, even in the off season. No one cares if a writer “thinks” a team should have Penner tryout. You guys can dig deeper than that. List some facts and statistics once in a while. It would make the site more enjoyable.

  3. Mark Easson

    September 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Coverage will be expanding this year … Going to be bringing in some help. Has basically been a one man show to date.

    As for backtracking … at the bottom of each post there is a link to previous or next story. Also looking into adding a ‘recent headlines’ link options below each article.

  4. kdlshfsdkl

    September 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Easson you’re not getting it, the new site sucks. It is annoying like he said and apparently NHLTR just wants to up it’s activity with thousands of more page clicks to make more traffic. Why not just merge with hockey buzz and continue down this garbage road