Hockey Headlines: Patrick Kane News; Johnson Signs; Kessel Scores

A collection of the latest news, rumors and happenings from around the world of hockey:

Former first overall pick Erik Johnson has signed a long-term extension with the Avalanche. [Puck Daddy]

Tough start to the season for Chris Higgins. [Vancouver Sun]

Johan Franzen isn’t taking anything for granted. [Winging it in Motown]

Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby showed some chemistry in their first game together. [Trib Live]

The lawyer representing Patrick Kane’s accuser will hold a press conference to discuss the case. [CTV]

Kane himself, meanwhile, took to the ice in the Blackhawks’ first preseason game. [Toronto Sun]

Team USA has their guy, now who will coach Canada at the World Cup? [News Optimist]

George McPhee has found a new job. [The Score]

These guys are the Dallas Stars to watch this season. [Sports Day]

This Bruins fan tells it like it is: [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

Boston will be without Dennis Seidenberg for eight weeks. [NESN]. Their defence will likely look as such: [Comcast]

Who is going to fill out the Rangers bottom six? [Full Tilt NYR]

What’s the deal with goalie stats? [Odds and Ends]

And finally, Paul Bissonnette talks about his own mental health. [Yahoo]