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Ryan Johansen On The Trade Rumors

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

 Ryan Johansen did not seem all that surprised on Wednesday his name had been linked to trade rumours, but said his mentioning on Insider Trading threw his parents for a loop back home in Vancouver.

“It’s new,” Johansen said. “It definitely catches your mom and your dad’s attention. You know, they’re always thinking about their boys. It is what it is. I haven’t been down this road, but a lot of players have been down this road. It’s my job to play hockey.”

TSN Insider Darren Dreger reported Johansen, 23, is not being actively shopped by Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, but that Kekalainen is not “dismissing the interest” and will listen to offers.

It’s a lot different of a situation than Johansen being untouchable, which is the reason for some surprise. Johansen is a bona fide No. 1 NHL centre, a franchise building block the Blue Jackets yearned for so long to acquire. 

Johansen refuted the notion that whatever move might come next from the Blue Jackets would be because of his holdout from training camp last October. Sources indicated there has been lingering discord between Johansen’s camp and Blue Jackets’ brass, but Johansen denied that on Wednesday.

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Primis's avatar

It’s a lot different of a situation than Johansen being untouchable, which is the reason for some surprise. Johansen is a bona fide No. 1 NHL centre, a franchise building block the Blue Jackets yearned for so long to acquire.

And here’s where we come to the whole problem with this story.  CBS has needed a #1 C for forever, feels they need one now, and would still need one if they traded Johansen.

Logic then dictates that Johansen is NOT really a #1 Center.

What is happening here is that CBS is looking at Boone Jenner having 11 Goals and 16 Pts… then looking around the league…. then seeing Johansen on pace for less than 20 Goals… and they’re realizing Johansen probably is more a #2 Center for a good team.  And CBS is not a good team, but wants to be one.

Woe unto the team that acquires Johansen thinking they have gotten a #1 Center.

 

Posted by Primis on 11/25/15 at 03:21 PM ET

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