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Ryan Johansen Returns to Columbus Without Any Fanfare

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

On Sunday afternoon, Johansen, drafted by the Blue Jackets at No. 4 in 2010, said that "it feels like everyone’s forgotten about (the trade)," remembering his four-plus seasons in Columbus fondly.

At no point during Sunday’s game, however, did the Blue Jackets recognize Johansen, which he noted afterwards.

"I was a little disappointed they didn't put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that," Johansen told reporters. "I think we all know who made that call, but whatever."

It’s unclear as to whom Johansen is referring to, though his Blue Jackets career wasn’t always sunny. 


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Does he realize this is basically never done for a guy who didn’t spend the bulk of a long career there or wasn’t a captain or anything? He was an under performing guy the team should have been built around, but the team got better after he was traded. Much like Nash.

If the team were honest, and put up message, it could have been something like Glad you’re gone. We’re better without you.

Posted by teldar on 02/20/17 at 10:14 AM ET

Primis's avatar

“I was a little disappointed they didn’t put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that,” Johansen told reporters. “I think we all know who made that call, but whatever.”

He spent like 4 seasons there.  That’s it. He didn’t hit 20 goals last year, and won’t hit 20 goals this year.
He’s not a star, and he needs to get over himself.

What, should they have done a tribute video with text saying “Thanks for never winning anything for us, and thanks for getting us Seth Jones, who actually matters”???

Posted by Primis on 02/20/17 at 10:52 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

At least he thinks a lot of himself.

You can think these things,but you definitely should say these things!

Posted by TreKronor on 02/20/17 at 11:05 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Really dude? lol

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/20/17 at 11:06 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Didn’t he have a contract hold out?

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/20/17 at 11:06 AM ET


Yes, homers, he did. I think he must have thought he was Rick Nash. Big talent, low drive, wanted paid like the big star. Only point that comparison falls apart is Nash did occasionally produce.

Posted by teldar on 02/20/17 at 11:36 AM ET


Maybe it feels like a bigger deal to him, since he’s still quite young and started his pro career in Columbus. Four years can feel like a lot at that age!

But there was never quite the “click” team or player hoped for in Columbus.

Part of the problem might have been attitude and a “pay me based on one good season”
approach to negotiations. Johansen’s play hinted at how impactful could could be, and the
team’s struggles and his own inconsistency seemed to put a spotlight on every shift he coasted.

The willingness to complain at a young age probably didn’t help.

This is also a team that, even now, has really never had a classic #1 center or even a top #2
So I am sort of guessing that history, combined with how perfect Johansen seemed on paper
and with his combo of size and skill, left too much to be desired, relatively speaking.

Johansen might someday become a real heart and soul player, but he was never really that type. So when he seemed to be pouting and underperforming, the trade for Seth Jones seemed a no-brainer. Even if Jones never quite becomes one of those rare #1 D, a big, mobile, skilled, all-around, big-minute first pairing D is clearly preferable to a center like Johansen.

Nothing against him, though. He’s a very talented player and still young. I hope he has a nice career in Nashville.

Posted by Lefty30 on 02/21/17 at 12:22 AM ET

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