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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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Alan's avatar

The “KHL offers” could certainly be real. I imagine there are a good many KHL teams that trty to snag NHL players who don’t have contracts during their offseason.

If Johansen doesn’t make a deal with the Jackets soon, I imagine he’ll be playing in Russia next month. With all the oil money over there, those teams can afford to overpay him.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/21/14 at 01:38 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

Sounds like a cheap tactic by player agent.  Sure he can make more in the KHL but I’m sure Ryan has some pride and would rather play in the world’s best hockey league

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 09/21/14 at 01:42 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Sure he can make more in the KHL but I’m sure Ryan has some pride and would rather play in the world’s best hockey league

Oh, of course. There’s no doubt about that at all.

Thus, the kid has two options.

a. Drop the unrealistic expectations and sign in Columbus.
b. Get paid what he thinks he’s worth in the KHL.

As a RFA, really, he has no other choices.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/21/14 at 02:49 PM ET

Primis's avatar

but I’m sure Ryan has some pride and would rather play in the world’s best hockey league

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 09/21/14 at 01:42 PM ET

Yeah but, for the by-far-worst organization in the league?  That’s the real problem here.

Posted by Primis on 09/21/14 at 10:57 PM ET

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Yeah but, for the by-far-worst organization in the league?

CBus traded his rights to Edmonton?

Posted by Garth on 09/22/14 at 09:24 AM ET

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