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The Latest On Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets and restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen may still be a long way from a new contract. But after weeks of silence there has been significant progress.

Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, recently extended a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, sources have told The Dispatch. It's a two-year contract, or a "bridge" deal -- the type Johansen called a "slap in the face" late last month.

The term of the contract -- the player demanded a long-term contract, the Blue Jackets insisted on a shorter deal -- was the major stumbling block in these negotiations dating back to April.

"Ryan wants to be a Blue Jacket and he wants to be in Columbus," said Overhardt, who declined to discuss the negotiations. "That has never been an issue in any of this. He loves it there.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Does portz not realize what made it a slap in the face was the deliberate under bidding of what would be his first FA year.. Not that fact it was a brisge

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/20/14 at 06:21 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

This has no numbers… do we know what the 2- & 3-year contract offers were for? $5m/year? More? Less?

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/20/14 at 10:39 PM ET

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Actually, his quotes specifically said he fact that they wanted him to sign a short deal was a slap in the face.  He said he had “earned more than a two- or three-year deal” and “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.”

Posted by Garth on 07/20/14 at 10:41 PM ET

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