Ryan Johansen has gotten "several" KHL offers over the last two months, according to his agent.
CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov recently denied a report that he made Johansen a one-year, $5 million offer, but it wouldn't be surprising if other KHL teams had made an attempt to sign Johansen. The 22-year-old forward isn't likely to bolt to the KHL despite his impasse with Columbus.
Michael Ryder wasn't satisfied with his performance in 2013-14.
"I expect to be better," Ryder said. "I think I adjusted well here when I came in. I learned the system, I knew how to play and it I was scoring goals. Then I just got into that slump and couldn't really get out of it. And we were so close to making the playoffs that you take it on yourself sometimes. I had all summer to think about it. I have to forget about it now and make sure I’m ready for this year. I trained hard this summer and I think I'm ready to go." Ryder had 18 goals and 34 points in 82 games last season. He's surpassed the 30-goal mark in the past, but we wouldn't consider him a safe bet to do that at the age of 34.
CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov denied that his team has made Ryan Johansen a contract offer.
There was a report last night that Moscow had offered Johansen a one-year, $5 million contract. Either way, Johansen could probably get a lucrative contract in the KHL if he wanted to, but he's not likely to actually go that route. He's far more likely to eventually compromise with Columbus, although he might miss the preseason and perhaps even some regular season contests before that happens.
Ryan Murray (knee) was on the ice again on Sunday.
Murray didn't skate with the players preparing to participate in Sunday's preseason opener though. He had four goals and 21 points in 66 games as a rookie last season.
Derek Stepan missed Sunday's scrimmage due to a foot contusion.
Stepan has already undergone X-rays and they've come back negative. There's no reason to push him to play in a scrimmage if he's less than 100%. The Rangers haven't offered a timetable yet, but unless further details reveal this injury is worse than it initially sounds, we doubt this is anything more than a day-to-day problem.
Goaltender Jussi Rynnas looked great in scrimmage on Saturday.
Rynnas is trying to knock Anders Lindback out of the backup job in Dallas and if yesterday's performance is any indication, he has a great chance. Stay tuned as the Stars inked Rynnas to a two-year/one-way contract in the summer. He had a 1.51 GAA and a .939 save percentage last season in 40 Finnish Elite League games.
Colton Sceviour has been cleared for contact as he returns from off-season shoulder surgery.
Sceviour is still being monitored closely by the Stars who don't want to rush him back. The winger had 12 points in 26 NHL games after notching 63 points in 54 games in the AHL. He will likely see most of his action as a bottom six forward but could spend time on the second line as well.
Defenseman John Klingberg has some outstanding offensive skills.
Klingberg is projected to start the season in the AHL after spending an extra year in his native Sweden. The fifth round pick in the 2010 draft looks like a possible steal at this time. The concern about Klingberg is his play in his own end, something he worked on last season. "I think you have to be reliable in your own end," coach Lindy Ruff said. "If you're a really good offensive defenseman, typically there's a little bit of downside on the defensive side. But my job is to make sure he plays well enough in his own end to get him enough ice time, especially in tight games." Klingberg is worth looking at if he makes the Stars or as a waiver wire pickup later in the season.