Cross Checks

Johansen negotiations could stall Jackets
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Scott Burnside and Katie Strang discuss the contentious negotiations between Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets as well as other free agents still on the market.

Oilers, Canucks must make call on rookies
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Leon Draisaitl answers the Edmonton Oiler’s most pressing need. The question, however, is whether he’s going to fill it this season or next.

Lemieux: Avs' MacKinnon playing beyond his years
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The Colorado Avalanche surprised plenty of folks last season with their stunning about-face from their last-place finish in the Western Conference in the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

Mike Richards not content to be Kings' fourth-line center
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Mike Richards, it sounds like anyway, kept his word to the Mad Professor.Faced with the possibility of his contract being bought out by the Stanley Cup champions, the 29-year-old Richards vowed to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi in June that he would be more committed to his workouts this summer to help bring back the Mike Richards of old.

Canucks' offseason upheaval should build confidence, says Courtnall
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What happens in a hockey-crazed market when a hot start quickly dissipates into a dramatic downward spiral, highlighting a questionable coaching hire in the polarizing John Tortorella?

Why are Canadiens going without captain?
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During their visit with us last week in New York for the NHL’s Player Tour, it was quite evident that Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban very much desired the chance to be the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

Flames building optimism, says McLennan
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The Calgary Flames are not perceived as a team on the verge. They are not expected to set the NHL on fire. They are not expected to make the playoffs. They are not expected to be one of the top teams in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

Sources: Winter Classic reality show moves to Epix; Stadium Series show added
The NHL will announce later this month that they have partnered with emerging premium cable provider Epix to produce and air the popular reality hockey series that precedes the annual Winter Classic outdoor game, multiple sources told ESPN.

World Cup plans being finalized; Olympics still a discussion
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The expectation back in June was that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association would have some kind of World Cup announcement by the end of summer, but that’s going to wait a bit longer.

NHL players who have been charged with serious crimes
With the Ray Rice incident in the news, here is a list of NHL players who have been charged with crimes related to murder, homicide and/or manslaughter.

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