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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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I don’t understand, they offered Ryan like 5.75mil a year for 6 years or something close. 10mil and 2 years is so generous. I mean wtf is this guy trying to do? Do you know why Ryan Johansen hasn’t had any offer sheets? Because NO TEAM IS going to offer what the BJ’s just offered him. That kid needs to grow a pair and in the end I believe this whole deal is going to come back and bite Ryan in the behind.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 09/18/14 at 09:35 AM ET

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I mean wtf is this guy trying to do?

Posted by Pasha1277 on 09/18/14 at 09:35 AM ET

He’s trying to get Columbus to pay the “You’re Columbus And You Suck” Tax.

It really is that simple.  This is his way of saying “You have literally nothign else to offer as incentive.  You’re not winning anything any time soon, still, and have never won anything.  The roster isn’t particularly promising still.  Fans and the market don’t support the team worth a crap.  So if you want me to stay… pay up”.

Posted by Primis on 09/18/14 at 11:33 AM ET

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