Kaberle wants NHL return; when the Caps went to Japan; Avery takes ALS Challenge (Puck Headlines)

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• Via Deadspin and Splendid Beast, I may not sleep tonight.

Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to term — two years — but are reportedly $3 million apart as the sides try to negotiate an extension. Training camp is fast approaching. [Columbus Dispatch

Tomas Kaberle is getting in shape to make an NHL comeback. He says he has a tryout offer, one that isn’t with a team from the province of Ontario. [National Post]

New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang on not being invited to any of Team Canada’s evaluation camps: “The fact I haven’t been invited to a camp is insulting. I’ve done nothing to (Hockey Canada) . . . it’s not like they invited me to the U-17 or U-18 and I messed up and all that. I haven’t been invited back since my first year in the OHL. It’s been a year and a half and I haven’t been a part of any Hockey Canada stuff.” [The Star]

• Sean McIndoe takes a look at what teams have the best shot at finishing at the bottom of the NHL standings next season. [Grantland

• New Buffalo Sabre Brian Gionta is excited to playing at home. [TWC News]

• After getting the next two NHL combines, Buffalo is aiming for other high-profile events such as the 2016 Draft, an all-star game and the world junior championships. [Olean Times]

• Nashville also wants in on some of these NHL events. [Tennessean

• The Ottawa Senators need a new captain, and if given the opportunity Erik Karlsson would gladly wear the ‘C’. [CP via Sportsnet]

• Ottawa bizarrely extended defensemen Mark Borowiecki, he of 21 NHL games, for three years. [WTYKY]

• Jason Spezza has yet to play a game for the Dallas Stars, but GM Jim Nill already sees an extension in his future. [Dallas Morning News]

• Remembering the time the Washington Capitals went to Japan, beat up on the Kansas City Scouts, and won the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Cup. [Japers’ Rink]

• How do junior hockey players spend their summers? Welding, tending the farm and cleaning golf clubs. [Buzzing the Net]

• Which ten players will help your fantasy hockey team see improvements in plus/minus this season? [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, here’s Sean Avery taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, and calling out Chris Chelios, John Tortorella and Gary Bettman. (Click here to watch)

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