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Even With KHL Offers, Ryan Johansen Focusing On A Deal With The Blue Jackets

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Ryan Johansen's agent Kurt Overhardt says his client has got "several offers" from KHL clubs over past 2 months. But focus remains... 

 trying to get a deal done with the Blue Jackets

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NHL GMs On RFA Ryan Johansen

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Speaking with the group of current and former GMs, a couple of themes emerged:

• They were unanimously on board with the Blue Jackets offers to Johansen and all agreed they were more than fair. For the record, the Blue Jackets have offered deals of $6 million for two years, $32 million for six years and $46 million for eight years.

• While the majority felt the Jackets tactic of going public runs counter to their style, they could certainly understand Davidson’s and Kekalainen’s frustrations.

• None of them would trade Johansen.

While most of them said the public flogging of Overhardt, in particular, is counterintuitive to their negotiation style, they acknowledged their might be some behind-the-scenes dynamics of which only they know. And they all sympathized with the Blue Jackets. All GMs spoke to thn.com on the condition of anonymity.

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Perhaps The Columbus Blue Jackets And Ryan Johansen Can Meet In The Middle

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Yes, the sides remain miles apart. The bigger problem is neither side is budging — they are not even talking — and the deal is there to be made, somewhere in-between.

The Blue Jackets do not like hearing that because they have all the leverage. Overhardt does not like hearing that, but, then, he does not hear anything, and he has a history of steering his clients out of training camp.

Two years, $9.8 million, play hockey. It would require the Jackets to ease up on precedent and acknowledge that Johansen is a budding star, but it would not go so far as to set an onerous precedent for second contracts. It would require Overhardt to do what is best for his client. But it can be done.

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Video- John Davidson On The Offers Made To Ryan Johansen

via the Columbus Dispatch,

 

 

added 2:33pm, Story on the negotions from Aaron Portzline of Puck Rakers,

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The Real Issue On Not Paying Ryan Johansen

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

The middle class, as a general rule, is simply paid far too much in the NHL today. It’s not that these players aren’t good athletes or quality teammates, but they are generally replaceable, and they don’t contribute anywhere close to that which the top players contribute.

So teams like Columbus have to hold the line with players like Johansen, and they’ll demonize the agent while trying not to alienate the player to do that. The Canadiens pretty much knew what they had in Subban – he won the Norris Trophy in the first year of his “bridge” deal – but needed to suppress his earning power because they, like all other clubs, are paying too many non-star players in that $2-4 million range.

To the public, and to the player, teams sell the notion that the best must take less in order to help the team be more competitive. The correct and sensible model for the NHL would be to have more players at the max or close to it, and more players below $2 million. Why should Crosby take less so Nick Spaling, for example, can make $2.2 million?

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John Davidson On The Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

 When Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen took agent Kurt Overhardt to task for his handling of the Ryan Johansen negotiations on Monday, it turned out that was just the warm-up act. When it came to president of hockey operations John Davidson to take his turn, he turned both barrels directly on Overhardt.

This is getting ugly, folks. And personal. The organization has chosen to make the agent the villain in this tale and Overhardt, for his part, wants no part of the public mudslinging. And that’s probably the best plan of attack for him. If someone has to be vilified here, it’s better that it’s the agent rather than the player.

“It makes no sense, Davidson said. “When you see numbers that are thrown at us, we shouldn’t even respond. That’s how bad it is. It’s embarrassing. And if the kid sits out, he sits out. I wonder if the agent’s going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out.

“With the numbers they come back with…are so one-sided it’s nonsensical. It’s extortion is what it is. I don’t make this stuff up. I’ve been in this league doing this for a long time now and this one here, it’s baffling is what it is. This one’s baffling. Baffling.”

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Maybe today we will hear from Urban Meyer?

Just imagine if Johansen does hold out for a few days after camp opens and has a slow start to the season.  The CBJ fanbase will be all over him because both Kekalained and Davidson went public with the negotiations.

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Columbus GM Has Strong Words For Ryan Johansen

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

As training camp draws near, the heat is getting turned up under unsigned Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen, in his strongest words yet, warned against Johansen not being signed by the start of camp on Thursday, and he questioned the motivation of Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt.

“Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever,” Kekalainen said during the NHL prospects tournament last night. “To me, it’s huge that you go through training camp together and get ready.

“When training camp starts, that’s it. After that, the focus is on the guys who are there on tryouts or guys who are under contract. That’s it. That will be the only focus.”

Asked whether that meant he would no longer negotiate with Overhardt, Kekalainen paused.

“Draw your own conclusions,” he said.

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More Teams May Go With Three Associate Captains

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

... the Habs may not be alone in this kind of decision this season. Just down the highway in Ottawa, the Senators are mulling over the exact same situation after trading captain Jason Spezza to Dallas this summer.

"That’s the thing we’ve talked about a lot so far," veteran Senators GM Bryan Murray told ESPN.com Monday. "We’ll [go] through a big part of training camp anyway before we decide. But our thought certainly has been that we’ve got two alternates right now in Chris Phillips and Chris Neil, and probably just add a third "A," not sure who it will be yet, rather than name a captain.

"But that’s not final yet. We may still decide at the end of the day a captain is necessary. We’ll see. We’ve got young guys like Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris who are certainly coming [leadership-wise]. Having three "A's" is a not bad thing, though."

Karlsson, one would think, will be captain of this team one day. But he’s probably not yet ready for that responsibility. So the Sens need a bridge decision here, too.

Sometimes it can last more than a year. The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t had a captain since trading away Rick Nash in July 2012 and they aren’t making apologies for it, either. 

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Blue Jackets Will Talk With Ryan Johansen’s Agent This Weekend

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It has been six weeks since the Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, have had contract negotiations, but that is expected to change this weekend.

Blue Jackets management, along with most of the organization’s top prospects, are traveling on Thursday to the annual prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich. Overhardt, will be there, too, starting Friday, and sources said the sides are expected to meet face to face for the first time.

“The last time they contacted us, (the offer) wasn’t something that merited further talks,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

If Johansen, a restricted free agent, isn’t signed by next Wednesday, he will be asked to vacate his space in the Blue Jackets’ dressing room at Nationwide Arena and to stay away from the building.

Training camp opens Sept. 17 with physicals and testing, and the Blue Jackets don’t want any distractions, Kekalainen said. The first on-ice session is Sept. 19, with the exhibition opener two days later.

Johansen has been in Columbus the past two weeks, skating with about 20 other players in voluntary, player-run practices at the Ice Haus.

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Season Tickets On The Rise In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Less than two years after their season-ticket sales base hit a franchise low, the Blue Jackets have rebounded at the box office.

Yesterday, the club went back above 10,000 season-ticket equivalents sold for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

“It’s a great accomplishment for this franchise,” vice president of business operations Larry Hoepfner said. “There’s still work to be done to get where we want to go, but the fans are excited and they want to be part of what’s happening.”

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