Author: Jason Brough

Marcus Johansson

Report: Johansson requesting $4.75 million in arbitration; Caps countering at $3 million


Marcus Johansson wants $4.75 million. The Washington Capitals are requesting a little less, $3 million.

That’s according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, as Johansson, a restricted free agent, is preparing to have his arbitration hearing on Wednesday.

So far, the two sides have not been able to agree on a new deal. However, these negotiations often go right down to the wire, as was the case with goalie Braden Holtby.

Johansson, a 24-year-old forward, had 20 goals and 47 points, both career highs, last season.

Rangers sign Stepan — six years, $39 million


The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Derek Stepan on a six-year, $39 million deal.

Today’s announcement came the morning the two sides were scheduled to go to arbitration.

Stepan had 16 goals and 39 assists in 68 games last season. The 25-year-old center now has the third-highest cap hit ($6.5 million) on the team, behind Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5 million) and Rick Nash ($7.8 million).

With Stepan signed long-term, the Rangers have two young centers, Stepan and 27-year-old Derick Brassard, under contract for at least the next four years.

Video: Thousands celebrate Timonen in home town of Kuopio

Kimmo Timonen

Beloved Finnish defenseman Kimmo Timonen was feted by thousands of fans in his hometown of Kuopio.

Just last month, Timonen, 40, ended his career on a high note:

The city of Kuopio has a population of around 110,000. Other hockey players from Kuopio include Olli Jokinen and Sami Kapanen.

Ducks extend Manson for two years

Anaheim Ducks v Arizona Coyotes

The Anaheim Ducks have given defenseman Josh Manson a two-year, one-way contract extension with a cap hit of $825,000.

The Ducks have since confirmed the signing, which was first reported by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

Manson’s extension doesn’t kick in until 2016-17. He’ll still be on a two-way deal next season.

Manson split last season between the NHL and AHL. He had three assists in 28 games with the Ducks, having made his NHL debut in October.

The 23-year-old son of former NHLer Dave Manson will again have to compete for playing time next season. The Ducks have a deep blue line featuring Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Simon Despres, Clayton Stoner, Korbinian Holzer, and new addition Kevin Bieksa.

Report: Bartoszek (a.k.a. the Tukwila guy) invited to speak with NHL


The man who still hopes to build an arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila may not have submitted a bid for an NHL expansion team, but he did reportedly get an invite to chat with the league in New York.

That’s according to the Seattle Times, which was told by an NHL source that “the league invited (Ray) Bartoszek to its New York offices for a chat Tuesday.”

The NHL said yesterday in a release that it will “focus exclusively on the two expansion applications” it did receive from Las Vegas and Quebec City.

But if Bartoszek did indeed get invited to New York, that may not be entirely accurate. The NHL has made it no secret that it’s “very intrigued by the Pacific Northwest.”

Many are wondering now if Seattle’s best chance of getting an NHL team is via relocation.

The Times also reported that Bartoszek had been scouring “Seattle and elsewhere in recent months seeking additional investors” for his project. However, “those courted wanted to know how a billion-dollar pledge toward hockey and an arena would prove profitable and they weren’t satisfied with the answers.”

According to King 5, Bartoszek is “still actively engaged in trying to make his arena project a reality.”