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Contract Talks Not Going Well For Ryan Johansen And The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Ryan Johansen spent the past two days camping near his home in British Columbia, and the Blue Jackets spent the past two days adding a new wave of talent to the organization at the NHL draft.

But these are not peaceful, happy times for either party.

Contract negotiations between the Blue Jackets and their top offensive player are going nowhere, even after a meeting this weekend in Philadelphia between Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, and assistant general manager Bill Zito.

The road block to further negotiations appears to be the term.

“We’re not even close,” Johansen told The Dispatch. “They say ‘We want to sign you to a ‘bridge’ deal.’ We say ‘We don’t want to do a ‘bridge,’ and that’s the end of it.”

The Blue Jackets want to sign Johansen to a two- or three-year contract, which would expire when he still was a restricted free agent.

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Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

this kid sounds like a pain in the neck, at least from the article that was written.  I Can’t say i saw much of the kid aside from this past year when he broke out, but from what i can gather, he hasn’t been much of anything till this year.  Sounds like he was lazy and a bit of a premadonna, how much of that is manufactured by the gm or paper is debatable tho.  Sounds like he coasted a lot in both leagues and only when it was a contract year did he step up his game

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/30/14 at 06:50 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Only after they moved nash did he get those minutes.  He’s also a young kid and budding superstar.  He knows they’re trying to restrict his salary by the term.  On a team with no otherbuperstara you can’t blame him for carrying all the teams offense and wanting to get paid for his responsibility.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/30/14 at 08:17 AM ET

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this kid sounds like a pain in the neck, at least from the article that was written.  I Can’t say i saw much of the kid aside from this past year when he broke out, but from what i can gather, he hasn’t been much of anything till this year.  Sounds like he was lazy and a bit of a premadonna, how much of that is manufactured by the gm or paper is debatable tho.  Sounds like he coasted a lot in both leagues and only when it was a contract year did he step up his game

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/30/14 at 07:50 AM ET

Not at all what I see.

I see player that recognizes he’s held by a franchise that never seems to get much of anything right, and he wants his *now* if he’s going to continue there.  And if he’s not, no sense in dragging it out.  I think it’s indicative of how little anything has actually changed in CBS.

I’m not saying he maybe doesn’t have issues, but…. he’s not exercising anything that’s not his RFA right.  There’s nothing saying he *has* to just accept a bridge deal, so he’s not.  Truth is maybe these sad-sack franchises need to deal w/ tough RFA situations like this more often to encourage them to improve things.  RFA’s shouldn’t just be assumed to accept whatever their team throws them.

Posted by Primis on 06/30/14 at 08:29 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

CBS should be ecstatic he wants to stick with them long term, seeing as how he is the only real center they have, and he is an amazing player.  They’ll drag this out until camp, or later, and like every other team who has been through an RFA battle, they will lose and give him what he wants anyway..

Hell, they gave Horton 7 years and a ton of money per, and Johansen is twice the player he is.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/30/14 at 09:21 AM ET

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P.S. If you dont want him CBus, I know a team that will take him off your hands for nothing, and give you a center back thats only slightly dinged up, and feels “realgud” about his progress this summer.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/30/14 at 09:23 AM ET

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P.S. If you dont want him CBus, I know a team that will take him off your hands for nothing, and give you a center back thats only slightly dinged up, and feels “realgud” about his progress this summer.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/30/14 at 10:23 AM ET

Speaking of said center, I betcha Arizona would take him. Basically, give him to AZ for a draft pick and keep $2M in salary. Then, he’s off the books. AZ can say they added two centers for nothing more than a 6th and 5th round pick and are not even paying the full salary for either.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 06/30/14 at 10:09 AM ET

11B4PF7 in MN's avatar

Johansen is legit.  He is big and talented number one center that isn’t even in his prime yet.  It is his right to reject a bridge contract that does not pay him what he deserves.  Except to save a few million dollars over the next two years on your best player, why wouldn’t CBJ want to lock him in for eight years now at a reduced rate before he hits his prime?  In two years his contract is only going to get exponentially larger.

As a Wings fan I would support trading anyone on the current 23 man roster or in their system for this kid.  Players like this are very difficult to draft if you aren’t picking in the top three and never become available through free agency at such a young age.  I’m not saying that acquiring a Johansen will have the immediate impact like a Chris Pronger trade did, but Dats and Z will not be around forever and I don’t see a true number one center anywhere in their system.

Posted by 11B4PF7 in MN on 06/30/14 at 11:06 AM ET

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Basically, give him to AZ for a draft pick and keep $2M in salary.

Are we talking Weiss?

I don’t see the benefit of freeing up less than $3M in cap space and still needing a second line centre.  Especially when we really have no idea what a healthy Weiss can do on the Red Wings.

Posted by Garth on 06/30/14 at 11:20 AM ET

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