Updates on Ryan Johansen and Nathan Horton, Brett Hull turning 50, the latest on the Lightning and more. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: It doesn’t appear much progress has been made in Ryan Johansen’s contract talks with the Blue Jackets. The two sides were believed $3 million apart per season on a two-year deal.

Nathan Horton hoping for a healthier season.

Nathan Horton hoping for a healthier season.

NBC SPORTS: Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton hopes his second season with Columbus will be more memorable than his first. Horton was sidelined for much of last season.

STLTODAY.COM: Former Blues superstar Brett Hull will be turning 50 this week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another reason why I’m feeling older. 

NHL.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper tries to downplay expectations for his team following an improved performance last season and a plethora of additions via trades and free agency this summer.

CBS SPORTS: A report in the New York Post claims former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle has been tabbed to lead the NHL’s department of player safety.

TSN.CA: Two more former NHL players (Chris Ferraro and Dan Fritsche) have filed a lawsuit against the league over concussions, claiming the league markets and profits from extreme violence.