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The Nashville Predators Sign Ryan Johansen To An Eight-Year Contract

Nashville, Tenn. (July 28, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the Predators have signed center Ryan Johansen to an eight-year, $64 million contract that will pay him an average of $8 million annually through the 2024-25 season.

Johansen, 24 (7/31/92), co-led the Predators in scoring during the 2016-17 campaign with 61 points while appearing in all 82 games, recording 14 goals and 47 assists. His 47 assists during the most recent campaign set a career high. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound native of Vancouver, British Columbia then added three goals and 13 points in 14 games during Nashville's postseason run before being sidelined in the Western Conference Final due to injury. 

Johansen also set a career high in the face-off circle in 2016-17, winning 54.55 percent of his draws during the regular season before taking 54.28 of his faceoffs in the playoffs.

Acquired by the Predators on Jan. 6, 2016 from Columbus, Johansen has appeared in 124 regular-season games with Nashville, tallying 22 goals, 73 assists and 95 points during that span. Johansen has also amassed seven goals, 14 assists and 21 points in 28 postseason contests with Nashville. Johansen has appeared in all 82 games in three of the last four seasons, has totaled 60 or more points in four consecutive seasons, and at least 45 assists in each of the last three campaigns.

Johansen appeared in the 2015 All-Star Game and set a career-high 71 points during the 2014-15 season. The fourth overall selection in the 2010 Entry Draft, Johansen earned a silver medal and a spot on the tournament all-star team at the 2011 World Junior Championship after posting nine points (3g-6a) in seven games, and was a 2011 WHL First Team All-Star after recording 92 points (40g-52a) in 63 regular-season WHL games, and a league-best 28 points (13g-15a) in 21 postseason contests in his second and final campaign with the Portland Winterhawks.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Lol wut.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/28/17 at 04:09 PM ET



Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/28/17 at 04:22 PM ET


Poile really doesn’t mess around.

This is the way the league is going: pay your young stars, especially at key positions.
This deal takes Johansen through his prime seasons - 32 yrs and buys a lot of UFA years. Not so unreasonable a price for that elusive big #1 center; 60+ points four seasons in a row at 24 yrs and good on face offs. Seems like a good fit with their puck moving D and offensive skill at forward. Might never be a Selke nominee but seems

Wonder then if there is any room left for Fisher or any interest in returning given what they have left to pay.

Posted by Lefty30 on 07/28/17 at 06:21 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

This just doesnt feel like an RFA deal RE: term & money.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/28/17 at 06:28 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

apparently Nashville is the new place where people want to go

Posted by duhduhduh on 07/28/17 at 06:30 PM ET


Posted by ilovehomers on 07/28/17 at 06:28 PM

Someone wouldve offer sheeted him.  Happen to them with Weber. Being proactive instead of reactive.  Hes a bonified top pivot who produced all the way to the finals and isnt in his prime yet.

Little high but you jave to entice the kid to sign early.

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/28/17 at 06:59 PM ET


Yeah, an offer sheet, however unlikely could have put them in a tougher spot.

It does seem strange to see a number like 8X8 for a 24 year old, but it’s
looking less strange by the signing.

The prime years are now younger and this is when the identified core players are
increasingly getting locked up.

In a sense, it looks like an adjustment to the LA and even Chicago models, where it now seems like important but aging players (not Toews and Kane, more like Seabrook) are getting paid too much too late in their careers.

The cap has been so merciless that it looks like GMs are focusing on paying their top players during their actual likely prime years of production and not having to overpay subsequently in “thank you” deals after they’ve peaked. It looks like an overpayment given these are often still RFAs, but considering how many prime UFA years they are giving up, the 8M doesn’t seem so bad. Maybe Johansen will continue to project into his mid-30s as a Joe Thornton type and continue to command big money on shorter deals. But Poile won’t have to face the unpalatable choice of perhaps paying Johansen 10M/season on a longer term deal when’s he’s 28

Posted by Lefty30 on 07/28/17 at 07:09 PM ET

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Posted by Lefty30 on 07/28/17 at 07:09 PM ET

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/28/17 at 06:59 PM ET

Makes plenty more sense now…and I guess with the cap up 2 mil it makes more sense…i just still have a hard time with 60pts at 8 mil a year. Its shortsighted based on all the other stuff he does. But its better than paying old joe thornton 8 mil, thats for sure. Comparable cap hits:

8.25 mil: giroux, voraceck, getzlaff
8.5: lundvist, stamkos
7.5 - 7.8 mil: hedman, ROR, weber, nash, kuznetsov, byfuglien, parise, suter, spezza, ekblad, tarasenko

Thanks for the kind replies!

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/28/17 at 07:22 PM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

If I’m a Nashville fan I am absolutely loving this deal. You’ve now got a #1 C through 24-25 locked up and in his prime years for a great price, no less. They’ve also got Forsberg, Arvidsson, Subban and Ekholm signed long term, with Josi for three more years as well.  At some point soon they will have to figure out G because I don’t see Rinne being top tier for too much longer. Overall, the Preds are in excellent shape for many years to come.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 07/28/17 at 08:58 PM ET

Primis's avatar

If I’m a Nashville fan I am absolutely loving this deal. You’ve now got a #1 C through 24-25 locked up and in his prime years for a great price, no less.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 07/28/17 at 08:58 PM ET

Really, where?  Who?

Johansen has what, 61 and 60-point seasons in the last two, and two seasons in a row of 14 Goals.

I mean yeah when you can pay that $8m a year for eternity, you gotta’ do it, right?

Bye bye to relevance, NAS.

Posted by Primis on 07/28/17 at 09:17 PM ET


I mean yeah when you can pay that $8m a year for eternity, you gotta’ do it, right?

Right? I mean, they’re STILL going to be paying him when he’s 32 hears old!  How many players actually play until they’re 32? It’s basically unheard of. And the ones that do play that long? Name one 32-year-old player who has ever been effective in the NHL.

I hope David Poile gets the axe for this.

Bye bye to relevance, NAS.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, yeah. Yeah, sure.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/28/17 at 09:43 PM ET


He produces when it counts, in the playoffs.  Hes big enough to handle the play in the playoffs.  Nashville is what a deep team looks like, especially on D.  And they know who they are and are built that way.  Johansen took them to the finals his second year in Nashville.  Why would you ever risk losing that lockerroom winning culture theyve got now wink

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/28/17 at 09:46 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

A couple decent seasons and he’s getting paid like he’s their elite guy. In two years this could be a fantastic contract or absolutely horrible. Now it’s up to Johansen to show us what kind of player he really is

Posted by TreKronor on 07/29/17 at 06:45 AM ET


Its not like he was a 3 or 4 c who got put in the situation of HAVING to be a 1 c now.

His ceiling since he was drafted was 1c.  Hes played 1 C since he broke in until Torts.  Whose everyones favorite coach.

Hes getting paid to be exactly what he is.

I get what you are saying.. but this is going all in flopping 2 spades with two spades in hand.  Shits lookin good.

And worst case?  Hes a 220lb top line center with a beasty reputation in the playoffs.  Not exactly an untradable asset here.

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/29/17 at 06:59 AM ET


Now it’s up to Johansen to show us what kind of player he really is
Posted by TreKronor on 07/29/17 at 06:45 AM ET

Thats exactly what they said aboit him when he got traded.

I think he has.

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/29/17 at 07:01 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

The way the league is these days your top guys put up between 60 and 80 points. Only a handful of outliers push 80. I also think Johanson can i.prove his output into his prime years. Great move by Poile.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 07/29/17 at 10:45 AM ET


Johansen is absolutely critical to Nashville’s makeup. He does more than his goal total indicates. while $8M a year may seem like a lot, I’m guessing it won’t seem so big towards the end of that contract.

Nashville is pushing for a title now. They know their window is open and should be for the next few seasons. They have almost no one to worry about next summer. A lot of their players, including Johansen still have upside or are in the prime of their careers. They spend smart.

Posted by evileye on 08/01/17 at 10:18 AM ET

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