NHL Rumors: Latest Whispers Surrounding Blue Jackets, Capitals and More

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2014

Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen, left, celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammate Artem Anisimov, of Russia, during the second period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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The majority of the NHL free-agency action was crammed into the first couple of days, but there are still trades to be made and contracts to be ironed out.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in discussions with one of their most pivotal players, and the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals could make a deal.

In Edmonton, one of the team's top hitters could be on the way out. 

Without further ado, let's dig into some more details on the latest rumors and speculation.


Blue Jackets

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Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch updated fans on the negotiations between the Columbus Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen via Twitter:

It would be easy to worry about that as a Columbus fan, but the important thing to keep in mind is the fact that it is still July, as Portzline pointed out. There is still plenty of time to iron out the details.

In 2013-14, Johansen led the Blue Jackets in goals, shots and points (33 G, 63 P, 237 S), was third in assists and put home five game-winning goals. Thanks to his breakout year, it would only make sense if Johansen receives a notable pay raise.

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The Blue Jackets had a resurgent season, making the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09—and just the second time overall.

They pushed the the No. 1 seeded Pittsburgh Penguins to six games in a thrilling back-and-forth first-round series and finally have some momentum on their side going forward.

If for no other reason than their mutual bright futures, the two sides will likely come to an agreement. 

The Blue Jackets know the importance of Johansen in hoping to make a return to the playoffs—and perhaps take another significant step—and Johansen has found a productive role as a team leader.


Mike Green To The Red Wings? 

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Ansar Khan of MLive.com noted that Mike Green may be on the way out of Washington:

As soon as the Washington Capitals committed $11.25 million in salary cap space to free-agent defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on July 1, Mike Green's fate seemingly was sealed.

Green is destined to be traded.

Khan believes the Detroit Red Wings, who need a right-handed shooting defenseman, would be a solid fit for Green. Detroit is looking for someone to lead the power play and struck out in its pursuit of other players who could fill that role, like Dan Boyle and Stephane Robidas.

Green has dealt with his fair share of injuries in recent seasons, but when healthy, he is a very productive player—especially on the power play. 

Sure, there are some defensive shortcomings, but his presence, puck movement and skating ability would clearly help Detroit's attack.


Jeff Petry On The Way Out?

EDMONTON, AB - APRIL 12: Jeff Petry #2 of the Edmonton Oilers passes the puck in a game against the Vancouver Canucks on April 12, 2014 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The case of Jeff Petry is certainly an interesting one this offseason.

The Edmonton Oilers agreed to a one-year deal with the defenseman Monday, which intriguingly came on the heels of this rumor from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet:

In fact, Petry commented on the rumors after signing the new deal, via Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: "It's part of the business. But I don't read too much into them. You just don't even know where they are coming from, so I won't worry about it unless something happens."

Despite the new contract, the Edmonton Journal's Jonathan Willis believes a trade could still happen. After all, it's only a one-year deal, so there is a time limit to either agree to a long-term contract or make a trade. 

If the Oilers do neither, they will risk losing Petry for nothing.

Willis also notes that a trade would benefit the Oilers more if it was made sooner rather than later, because it would increase the chances of landing an NHL player in return instead of a prospect or draft picks. 

Whatever happens, the relationship between the Oilers and Petry will be intriguing to follow the rest of the offseason.


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