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Video- Your Opinion On The Game Winning Shootout Goal By Ryan Johansen

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Video- Ryan Johansen Suspended Two Games

High-Sticking.

 

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Ryan Johansen Will Be Meeting With DoPS Today

 

Watch the incident below, two views.

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Videos- Connor McDavid And Ryan Johansen Join After Hours

via Sportsnet,

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid sits down with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk on After Hours.

 

 

Below, Ryan Johansen joined After Hours too.

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Videos- Ryan Johansen Hit On Marc-Edouard Vlasic And Joe Pavelski/Johansen Fight

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

The Sharks’ game against the Predators became testy after Marc-Edouard Vlasic was hit and knocked out of the game by Ryan Johansen in the third period. One fight and a handful of roughing penalties ensued before the Sharks finished off a 4-1 win....

Johansen said he was going after Pavelski after he felt the Sharks captain delivered a questionable hit in the Predators’ zone.

“I actually went at him because he hit me in the same spot, a blind side hit, boarding probably,” Johansen said. “So I just didn’t like the hit. I didn’t think anyone would come after me because it was a clean hit (on Vlasic), just unlucky.”...

Vlasic’s head appeared to make hard contact with the glass and he stayed on the ice on all fours for several moments before he was assisted off. He had 15:55 of ice time up until the time he was injured.

“I hope he’s OK, first of all. I totally thought it was clean. I would never, ever try and hit someone in a bad position,” Johansen said. “I felt like I was just getting body position on him, but I really hope he’s OK because you never want to see anybody go down.”

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When Ryan Johansen Became A Fan

from Ryan Johansen of the Nashville Predators,

I stared at the ceiling as I lay in my hospital bed.

Was this really happening to me? Was it all over just like that?

Only minutes before, I was surrounded by screaming fans as my teammates and I tried to tie Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, and now I was surrounded by medical equipment in the hospital with a freakish thigh injury. Even just moments after it happened, I knew coming back to play at any point in the playoffs was probably not going to happen. I was done for the year.

But I couldn't give up on my team either. We were in the middle of a battle with the Anaheim Ducks for the Western Conference crown. I made a decision right then to just forget about the injury and focus on being the best teammate I could be. I wanted the guys to think that I wasn't even injured, even if my crutches would probably give me away. What I lacked in mobility, I was determined to make up for in support.

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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. 

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Ryan Johansen On His Injury

from Mike Battaglino of NHL.com,

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen on Wednesday detailed the path from a hit during the Western Conference Final to emergency surgery on his left leg that will keep him out of the Stanley Cup Final.

"It was absolutely incredible how much this thing was swelling up," Johansen told TSN 1040/1410 Vancouver radio. "I couldn't even believe it looking at it."

Johansen was injured during the second period of Game 4 on May 18 when he was checked against the boards by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson.

"It all started right there. That was the play," Johansen said. "He just kind of led with his knee a little bit, and I was trying to reverse hit him a bit just to create some separation and [he] just got me on the right spot I guess, and it just kept getting worse from there."

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An Update On Ryan Johansen

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile gave this update on the condition of forward Ryan Johansen on Sunday:

"On Thursday, May 25, Ryan Johansen was treated for an acute compartment syndrome of the left thigh. Rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent complications. His symptoms developed shortly after the end of Game Four in Nashville, and as they progressed, he was diagnosed, transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and had surgery performed by head team physician Dr. Jed Kuhn within two hours of his diagnosis. As a result, he had no permanent injury to his muscle, nerves or blood vessels and we expect a full and complete recovery. The Predators would like to thank Vanderbilt Life Flight Paramedics, the VUMC Emergency Department, Operating Room Nurses, and Anesthesiologists for their expedient and excellent care."

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Ryan Johansen Out For The Rest Of The Playoffs After Surgery On His Thigh

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Afternoon Line- Ryan Kesler In Video Form

Kesler reacts to the words from Ryan Johansen.

 

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The Battles Between Ryan Kesler And Ryan Johansen

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

While the two centers were waiting for opening faceoff, Kesler used his stick to jab Johansen in the leg, knocking him off balance before the puck was dropped.

When it was over and the Ducks had a 5-3 victory to tie the best-of-7 series 1-1, Johansen was somewhat incredulous at Kesler's tactics.

Game 3 is at Nashville on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).

"I mean if I … he just blows my mind, watching what's going through his head out there," Johansen said. "Like his family and friends watching him play; I don't know how you cheer for a guy like that. It just doesn't make sense how he plays the game.

"I'm just trying to go out there and play hockey and it [stinks] when you've got to pull a stick out of your groin every shift."

Johansen was asked if he's encountered any other opponent who goes as far with defensive tactics as Kesler.

"Oh no. Not at all," he said. "He doesn't do anything that makes sense. He's just … he thinks he's getting under guys' skin, but he's just … I don't know what he's doing. Really, I can't even put a finger on it."

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The Nashville Predators Advance To The Western Conference Final

First conference final for the Predators and they will face either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers.

Final score was 3-1 and here is the game winner from Ryan Johansen.

 

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Evening Line- Michael Arace

It would have taken minimal effort to flash a picture of Johansen on the Jumbotron and have the PA announcer say, "Fans, welcome back Ryan Johansen," before the game, or during an intermission. It would have drawn some cheers and a few boos, and it would have been done, no sweat.

Johansen's contention: He received no "thank you" because Jackets management is still hot about the vicious contract negotiations that took place in the summer of 2014. If he is right, it speaks to a certain pettiness on the Jackets' part. I would hope that management here is not so small-minded. It would be bad for business.

Yet, Johansen's plea for martyrdom does not come off well, either. He has the size and skill to do his talking on the ice, he should have been supremely motivated, and he played one of his average games — which is why he was traded in the first place.

-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this...

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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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Video- Ryan Johansen With A Two Minutes For Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penaly

Post-game stories had no mention of the incident, so we are left to guess.  Could have been some words were exchanged or a rules violation.

 

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Evening Line- Ryan Johansen

"If I put myself in a situation to have success where my body's in the shape I want it to be in and I gain that confidence over the summer with all of the work I've put in, I feel like the sky's the limit for me and I can do some great things."

-Ryan Johansen of the Nashvile Predators.  More on Johansen from Adam Vingan of the Tennessean.

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All Ryan Johansen

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Burnside: Was there a sense of sadness of leaving the team that drafted you?

Johansen: Definitely. The city of Columbus, the Columbus Blue Jackets will always have a special place in my heart. I have so many great memories. Friends that'll last over a lifetime that I developed over the years from playing there. I truly did love being a Blue Jacket. It was a fantastic five years of my life. Speaking for me and my family, it was just such a first-class organization and place to play. It's really unfortunate things didn't work out there because I really did believe we had a good team and we were capable of being a great team for a long time. But, you know, it's professional sports and things don't always go as planned.

Burnside: What was the adjustment like coming to a new team, especially as a skill player where the expectations were really high for you?

Johansen: There are a few people on the Predators that are from the area that I live in, and things like that, and you run into people, whether through appearances or the All-Star Game or things like that. It was great to see a few familiar faces when you walk into the arena. That for sure helped when I first arrived. At the end of the day, the puck is dropped and you just want to go out there and work your hardest and not worry about all the little X's and O's right away. That was my approach when I first arrived. I was just trying to go out there and play my game and do my best. Obviously, they didn't just flip a coin and say, "Let's trade for Johansen." They did some research into the way play I played the game and thought I could help the hockey club. And that was the main message that the coach and the GM were telling me when I arrived.

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The Nashville Predators Have Been So So Since The Ryan Johansen Trade

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

Six weeks after pulling off the biggest trade of the year, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile was expecting more.

Not from Ryan Johansen, whom the Predators acquired on Jan. 6 in a one-for-one deal from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Seth Jones, but the rest of the team.

“We felt doing the trade would get us to a higher level,” said Poile. “So far, we haven’t been able to find that higher level. We’ve been OK. We’re still a playoff team but we’re not playing to the level we did last year and the level we know we can get to.”

So far, Johansen has been every bit the player Poile knew he could. He has 16 points in 17 games (he had 26 points in 38 games with the Blue Jackets). He has a plus-5 rating (he was a minus-4 in Columbus) and he is becoming the No. 1 centre Nashville has coveted ever since the NHL expanded to Tennessee.

But while Johansen is holding up his end of the bargain, the Predators are 7-7-3 and continue to tread water as a wild card team in the Western Conference standings.

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Ryan Johansen Traded For Seth Jones

via BlueJackets.com,

The Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday evening that the club has acquired defenseman Seth Jones from the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.

Both clubs confirmed the deal shortly after 6:30 p.m ET. Full details and additional coverage will follow later this evening.

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Why Trade Ryan Johansen?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

One of two things will happen:

Johansen will get in shape, find his game and he will be traded.

Or Johansen will get in shape, find his game and he won’t be traded.

Either way, it will take time. It should.

The Jackets are bottom feeders in the NHL. They are more likely to win the right to draft Auston Matthews than they are to make the playoffs, and they never win the draft lottery.

Johansen has skated in slush at critical moments in recent games. It has been “alleged,” by TSN’s Darren Dreger, that Johansen flirted with insubordination during a TV timeout in Dallas. Hence the benching and the scratching.

There is a whiff of controversy in the air and the vultures are circling, but the Jackets cannot, and they should not, trade Johansen anytime soon. I do not think they should trade him, period.

Those who say Johansen is another Joe Thornton — and “you can’t win with a guy like that” — are addled. Remember what the Boston Bruins got for Thornton? They got Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau. 

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Morning Line- Elliotte Friedman On Ryan Johansen

“They had the salary dispute last year, and I really thought they worked hard to put it behind them. This is what Tortorella does. He takes his best players and he challenges them. They’ve questioned [Johansen's] will, his determination to put in the work that he needs to do to reach that level of talent. And I think what this has done is shown as an organization they don’t believe he’s anywhere close to being where he needs to be.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think they trust him. And that’s why I think they’re going to trade him."

-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Ryan Johansen.  More from Friedman by Scott Lewis of Sportsnet.

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Possible Landing Spots If The Columbus Blue Jackets Decide To Move Ryan Johansen

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Which teams are ideal fits for Johansen based on what they need and what they can offer the Jackets? Consider these five destinations:...

1. Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have the perfect combination of (a) being a bubble team in need of a boost to make the playoffs; (b) possessing some young-ish centers who could head to Columbus in a Johansen swap and (c) loaded with blueline prospects, one of which they could easily spare.

Let’s boot up the fantasy trade machine. Say Philadelphia wants Johansen but wouldn’t dare part with Sean Couturier up front or blue-chip D-men Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere. How about center Brayden Schenn, a 24-year-old pending RFA who still has some upside, plus Travis Sanheim or Samuel Morin? It would be the steep price any Johansen swap would be expected to command. And it would improve both teams’ outlooks. The Jackets could one day ice a top unit of Brandon Saad, Brayden Schenn and Nick Foligno, anchored by up-and-coming blueliners Sanheim and Zach Werenski for years to come. The Flyers would suddenly have one of the league’s best center tandems in Johansen and Giroux.

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Why Is Ryan Johansen A Healthy Scratch Tonight?

via Aaron Portzline tweets,

Tortorella on Johansen: "He's an important guy to our organization. This is a reset for him, in understanding what we're looking ... "

"... for, not just in the points but in the play. You can't look at it as a punishment; it's part of the process for him."

Tortorella said Johansen will be shown video to illustrate what #CBJ are looking for in his play.
 

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John Tortorella On Ryan Johansen

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com (5 questions),

What is your feeling on Ryan Johansen?

"It's going to be a process. Joey wants to learn, and he does have a lot to learn. It's great, the points, and I don't want to begrudge him that.

In St. Louis the other night, he made some really good plays. We didn't score a lot, but he was close.

But it's the other part. The other part is how you handle yourself in practice and how you prepare yourself for the practice. Your preparation for games. It's the little things you do as you're trying to become a pro, because Joey has a lot to learn as far as what it is to be a pro. I say that and that shouldn't surprise anybody because he's still a fairly young man in this game. The points are great. That's great. But I don't judge him on the points.

I watch his game and we're going through a teaching process. We're trying to get the right type of foundation on what it is to be a pro and what's the definition of competing, what's the definition of hardness, what is the definition of engagement. It's all those things. He's right in the middle of it with us."

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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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Ryan Johansen Feeling Better, May Play On Friday

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, out the past two games with a mysterious illness, is feeling better, club GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. He has skated on his own the last two days in Nationwide Arena.

"I anticipate he'll practice (on Thursday) and hopefully play (on Friday vs. Washington)," Kekalainen said.

After complaining of fatigue, Johansen left the club in Denver over the weekend, missing Saturday's game vs. the Colorado Avalanche. He also missed Tuesday's 3-1 win in New Jersey, so that he could remain in Columbus and have tests.

Kekalainen wouldn't reveal if Johansen's tests revealed anything.

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The Latest On The Health Of Ryan Johansen

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen will miss his second straight game today while he remains in Columbus to undergo a battery of tests aimed at determining why he is feeling fatigued.

The club and Johansen’s agent stated emphatically that Johansen’s absence is not related to his offseason heart scare or any response to new coach John Tortorella, who benched Johansen on Thursday in the final six minutes of a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

“It’s nothing with his heart,” said Kurt Overhardt, Johansen’s agent. “He’s just not feeling well, and we’re trying to figure out why. His energy level has been down for a while. There’s no alarm here, but we want to get to the root of it. We want to do the right thing and make sure he’s 100 percent when he’s on the ice.

Overhardt and Blue Jackets management butted heads over Johansen’s contract negotiations in 2014, but the two are working together now. They met over the weekend in Denver, where Overhardt lives.

“We had a good conversation,” Overhardt said. “We’re together on this.”

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Ryan Johansen’s Health Issues

from Shawn Mitchell and Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was hospitalized at least once this offseason because of an accelerated heart rate, sources told The Dispatch.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed the report but said Johansen’s current undisclosed illness is not heart-related. 

Johansen left the team in Denver on Saturday and flew home to Columbus with a member of the training staff after falling ill that morning, Kekalainen said. His status for Tuesday’s game in New Jersey is not known.

After Johansen was released from a hospital near his home in British Columbia this summer, the Blue Jackets flew him to Columbus to be checked by team doctors and local cardiologists.

“They found no issues with his heart,” Kekalainen said.

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Ryan Johansen Heading Back To Columbus After Taking Ill This Morning

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen became ill this morning in Denver and will not play tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

Johansen was slated to fly home to Columbus on a commercial flight earlier today, accompanied by assistant trainer Nates Goto.

“He just didn’t feel well today,” coach John Tortorella said. “We knew he wasn’t going to play. He just didn’t feel well enough. When we leave (Denver tonight) , we get home at I think 3:30, 4 (a.m.). We wanted to get him home, take care of him and get him evaluated as quickly as possible so we can get an idea of where we’re going to go with it.”

Johansen was removed the Blue Jackets’ top line during a 3-2 loss at Minnesota on Thursday and was later benched for the final 6:10 of the third period. According to a New York Post report on Friday, Tortorella told Johnansen that he was out of shape after the first period.

“That’s the first I’ve heard of that,” Tortorella said. “I’m watching. Listen, I talked to Todd (Richards) during his (training camp) and I know they had a very good camp. I don’t think conditioning is a problem.  I think…it’s just a mindset, in trying to get back to (players) feeling good about themselves is the biggest problem.”

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The All-Star Game was odd, but there were some bright moments

Those of you who like goals might have found the record-breaking 17-12 tally tolerable, and those of you who dislike the fan voting may have found Ryan Johansen's naming as the game's MVP on a night that Team Toews defeated Johansen's Team Foligno--via a 4-goal performance from John Tavares, a 3 goal-plus-3-assist performance from Jakub Voracek and 5-point nights for Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron (1 goal + 4 assists)--to be the ultimate, "This shit is a bunch of fluffernutter" exclamation point...

But Tavares spoke glowingly of the experience of being named an All-Star having grown up watching the games and being honored by and grateful for the opportunity of playing among the league's best, and there was this:

So the All-Star Game was an event in itself, and now it's over, with all of us expecting this come a year from now:

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Simmons devotes a paragraph to hockey on Grey Cup day

The Grey Cup is taking place today, which is why the Wings-Canucks matinee is the only NHL game on the schedule, and the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons spends the vast majority of his Sunday notebook discussing the match-up between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders (airing at 6 PM EST on TSN), but he spends one meaty paragraph discussing all things NHL-related:

I wonder if Bob McCown read his own book. In the bestselling 100 Greatest Hockey Arguments, McCown makes a case against Paul Henderson’s inclusion in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A strong case. Lately, he has been pushing the Henderson Hall of Fame agenda. Strange ... On Saturday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks were tied for the most points in the NHL and that has to be wrong, doesn’t it? ... The first quarter MVP in the NHL: Pekka Rinne ...

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Ryan Johansen Agrees To A Three-Year Contract With Columbus

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COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with center Ryan Johansen on a three-year contract, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

“Ryan is an important member of the Blue Jackets family and we are pleased to have reached agreement on a contract with him through the 2016-17 season,” said Kekalainen.  “We’ve always believed that Ryan has the chance to be a very special player and are confident that his continued growth and development will be an important part of our team’s success now and in the future.”
 

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The Latest Ryan Johansen Contract Talk Numbers

 

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Ryan Johansen Has A Decision To Make

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Is Johansen ready to say, “I’m a Blue Jacket. The regular season starts in a week. My teammates need me. Do a deal.”?

Or, is Johansen hurt enough, and angry enough, to sit out until Dec. 1, at which point he must sign or miss the entire season?

Is he ready to turn his back on $3 million plus, on principle?

Such questions must be considered in a worst-case scenario.

Maybe Johansen caves and comes back out of shape and has an awful season. Or, maybe he demands a trade. Why play for a team that is stubborn enough to make an example out of its best offensive player? What star, or future star, would want to play for such a team?

The Blue Jackets are saying, “We’re adhering to small-market budget practices to ensure our long-term health. We have other centers. Joey can sign for whatever we put on the table or he can sit for as long as he wants, and we’re not trading him.”

Of course, none of this will have any impact on the team’s on-ice fortunes. The players don’t even talk about it in the locker room. Naaaah, of course they don’t.

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John Davidson Updates The Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets resumed negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Monday and they were "very polite, well mannered," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Tuesday after the NHL Board of Governors meeting.

Davidson said negotiations were expected to resume Tuesday between the Blue Jackets and Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, but Davidson did not have an update because he was in meetings here. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekelainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito were handling the negotiations from Columbus' side....

Asked Tuesday if the organization favors a shorter term deal at this point, Davidson said, "A deal would interest us.

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Morning Line

If things get really ugly, the relationship between Johansen and the Blue Jackets, which is strained at the moment, could become irreconcilable. And if it spills over into the season, chances are that nobody wins; and everybody loses.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.  Read more on this topic...

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Blue Jackets Fighting For The League In Contract Dispute With Ryan Johansen

from Aaron Portzline of Puck Rakers,

This epic standoff between the Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen is bigger than any of the parties involved. It is bigger than Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson, bigger than GM Jarmo Kekalainen and bigger than assistant GM Bill Zito, who has done the club's bidding. It is bigger than Johansen and bigger than his agent, Kurt Overhart. It reaches beyond Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets truly believe they have the moral high ground in this fight, as if such a position exists between millionaire owners and millionaire athletes. The Blue Jackets are fighting for their own budget, of course, but they are also fighting on behalf of all other NHL clubs.

If the Blue Jackets gave in to Johansen's salary demands -- Overhardt first asked for $6.8 million per season for a two-year deal; now he's seeking $4.7 million per year -- a new standard would be set across the league, and the class of players with virtually no negotiating rights (RFAs coming out of entry-level deals) would have been given a new template from which future contracts would be based.

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Both Sides Are Right In The Ryan Johansen Contract Negotiations

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Ryan Johansen is a star-quality player. He is, as his agent is wont to say, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound No. 1 center. Last season, Johansen had more goals (33) than all but three other centers (Joe Pavelski, Tyler Seguin and Sidney Crosby). He had more points than all but 16 other centers. He is defensively responsible and physically intimidating. He is a rare player, already, at age 22.

Essentially, this is the case being made by Johansen and his militant agent, Kurt Overhardt. If Johansen accepts a contract worth $3 million a year, it would represent 4.3 percent of a $69 million team payroll. They argue that he is more than 4.3 percent of the Blue Jackets.

And they are right.

The Blue Jackets are holding the collective bargaining agreement above their heads and saying that Johansen, as a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights, has no leverage. They are referencing Johansen’s body of work over his first three seasons — and his pedestrian, Derek Brassard-like numbers over that span — and they are saying, “Prove yourself in the short term and there is a blank check waiting for you long-term. That is the system.”

And they are right.

Rock, meet hard place, and add pressure.

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NHL GMs On RFA Ryan Johansen

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Speaking with the group of current and former GMs, a couple of themes emerged:

• They were unanimously on board with the Blue Jackets offers to Johansen and all agreed they were more than fair. For the record, the Blue Jackets have offered deals of $6 million for two years, $32 million for six years and $46 million for eight years.

• While the majority felt the Jackets tactic of going public runs counter to their style, they could certainly understand Davidson’s and Kekalainen’s frustrations.

• None of them would trade Johansen.

While most of them said the public flogging of Overhardt, in particular, is counterintuitive to their negotiation style, they acknowledged their might be some behind-the-scenes dynamics of which only they know. And they all sympathized with the Blue Jackets. All GMs spoke to thn.com on the condition of anonymity.

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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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Video- John Davidson On The Offers Made To Ryan Johansen

via the Columbus Dispatch,

 

 

added 2:33pm, Story on the negotions from Aaron Portzline of Puck Rakers,

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The Real Issue On Not Paying Ryan Johansen

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

The middle class, as a general rule, is simply paid far too much in the NHL today. It’s not that these players aren’t good athletes or quality teammates, but they are generally replaceable, and they don’t contribute anywhere close to that which the top players contribute.

So teams like Columbus have to hold the line with players like Johansen, and they’ll demonize the agent while trying not to alienate the player to do that. The Canadiens pretty much knew what they had in Subban – he won the Norris Trophy in the first year of his “bridge” deal – but needed to suppress his earning power because they, like all other clubs, are paying too many non-star players in that $2-4 million range.

To the public, and to the player, teams sell the notion that the best must take less in order to help the team be more competitive. The correct and sensible model for the NHL would be to have more players at the max or close to it, and more players below $2 million. Why should Crosby take less so Nick Spaling, for example, can make $2.2 million?

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John Davidson On The Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

 When Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen took agent Kurt Overhardt to task for his handling of the Ryan Johansen negotiations on Monday, it turned out that was just the warm-up act. When it came to president of hockey operations John Davidson to take his turn, he turned both barrels directly on Overhardt.

This is getting ugly, folks. And personal. The organization has chosen to make the agent the villain in this tale and Overhardt, for his part, wants no part of the public mudslinging. And that’s probably the best plan of attack for him. If someone has to be vilified here, it’s better that it’s the agent rather than the player.

“It makes no sense, Davidson said. “When you see numbers that are thrown at us, we shouldn’t even respond. That’s how bad it is. It’s embarrassing. And if the kid sits out, he sits out. I wonder if the agent’s going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out.

“With the numbers they come back with…are so one-sided it’s nonsensical. It’s extortion is what it is. I don’t make this stuff up. I’ve been in this league doing this for a long time now and this one here, it’s baffling is what it is. This one’s baffling. Baffling.”

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Maybe today we will hear from Urban Meyer?

Just imagine if Johansen does hold out for a few days after camp opens and has a slow start to the season.  The CBJ fanbase will be all over him because both Kekalained and Davidson went public with the negotiations.

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Columbus GM Has Strong Words For Ryan Johansen

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

As training camp draws near, the heat is getting turned up under unsigned Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen, in his strongest words yet, warned against Johansen not being signed by the start of camp on Thursday, and he questioned the motivation of Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt.

“Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever,” Kekalainen said during the NHL prospects tournament last night. “To me, it’s huge that you go through training camp together and get ready.

“When training camp starts, that’s it. After that, the focus is on the guys who are there on tryouts or guys who are under contract. That’s it. That will be the only focus.”

Asked whether that meant he would no longer negotiate with Overhardt, Kekalainen paused.

“Draw your own conclusions,” he said.

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Blue Jackets Will Talk With Ryan Johansen’s Agent This Weekend

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It has been six weeks since the Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, have had contract negotiations, but that is expected to change this weekend.

Blue Jackets management, along with most of the organization’s top prospects, are traveling on Thursday to the annual prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich. Overhardt, will be there, too, starting Friday, and sources said the sides are expected to meet face to face for the first time.

“The last time they contacted us, (the offer) wasn’t something that merited further talks,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

If Johansen, a restricted free agent, isn’t signed by next Wednesday, he will be asked to vacate his space in the Blue Jackets’ dressing room at Nationwide Arena and to stay away from the building.

Training camp opens Sept. 17 with physicals and testing, and the Blue Jackets don’t want any distractions, Kekalainen said. The first on-ice session is Sept. 19, with the exhibition opener two days later.

Johansen has been in Columbus the past two weeks, skating with about 20 other players in voluntary, player-run practices at the Ice Haus.

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Is Ryan Johansen Asking For Too Much Money?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Ryan Johansen, the Blue Jackets’ top-line center, needs a new contract. His agent is Kurt Overhardt. The Jackets’ point man is assistant general manager Bill Zito.

Overhardt and Zito stopped negotiating on or around Aug. 1, which was five weeks ago.

The sides have agreed on a two-year term. The price tag is another matter. The Blue Jackets are offering around $7 million, or $3.5 million a year. Johansen’s agent is seeking something in the neighborhood of $13 million, or $6.5 million a year.

So, the sides are about $3 million apart, per year, and neither side is budging, and training camp is two weeks away.

This is getting stupid....

I am not bashing Johansen here. I am merely wondering what his agent is doing asking for the same second-contract money that was fetched by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Will Joey be as good as Toews? Maybe — but he is not as good right now, by any measure. Where is the Cup?

Overhardt should have an offer sheet from another team by now, if that is his angle. That would be fine. If he is aiming for a protracted holdout, I am betting the Blue Jackets hold firm. And they should.

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LeBrun: Eyes of the hockey world are fixed upon the spat between Ryan Johansen and Blue Jackets

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's returned from his summer vacation, and LeBrun suggests that the juiciest story of early September involves the contract impasse between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen:

Two sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday there’s been next to no dialogue for a while as both sides remain more than $3 million apart per season on a proposed two-year contract.
That’s a sizable gap to be sure.

The sense is that the Johansen camp is willing to go longer on term but the team at this point is more fixated on a two-year bridge deal.

There are different layers to this squabble. From 10,000 feet above, there’s the baggage that this organization carries and the danger of alienating a core fan base that has been so, so patient through all the down years. An ugly fight with perhaps the young star most popular with the fan base is not the kind of thing you want when you consider the history here with Rick Nash, etc.

LeBrun continues, offering an assessment of the "salary ask"...

The nuts and bolts: It’s believed the Johansen camp, led by veteran agent Kurt Overhardt, wants the 22-year-old paid like some of the higher-end, young centers in the league (I’m guessing north of $6 million a year) and why not after a 33-goal campaign. Not to mention the drop-off at center on this team if Johansen isn’t playing. There’s leverage there for the player to be sure.

And LeBrun concludes by suggesting that the Blue Jackets will try to work out a PK Subban-style "bridge deal," though he's not sure whether that will happen before training camps kick off late next week.

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If Ryan Johansen Doesn’t Sign By Training Camp

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

At this point, it seems highly unlikely Johansen will be on the ice at the start of training camp. Overhardt will use that as leverage, as he has many, many times with clients in the last decade, including Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky in 2009 when he played for the New York Rangers.

The Blue Jackets, thus, must be prepared to play without Johansen in the lineup. They've already had discussions to that end.

There are numerous NHL free agents out there who will be heading to NHL camps under tryout agreements if they don't sign contracts. Saku Koivu, Dustin Penner, Michal Handzus, Andrei Loktionov, David Steckel, Ryan Malone, Ville Leino, Colin Fraser, Daniel Carcillo, Ryan Carter, and others are all still on the UFA market.

As of Friday, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said a camp tryout agreement with a player is unlikely, especially early in camp. (Koivu, huh?) The Blue Jackets have so many young player in-house, and they want to see how they've progressed. But stay tuned. (Keep your phone on, Saku.)

Another possibility, should Johansen not be part of the team, is that Boone Jenner could be moved back to center, the position he played throughout his youth and most of his junior career. That's not ideal, as the Blue Jackets love Jenner's presence in their top six, but it's a possible remedy.

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A Deeper Look At Ryan Johansen

from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,

It seems that at least once per summer, a contract negotiation between an emerging young star and his NHL teams goes all pear-shaped. This year, the distinction belongs to Columbus Blue Jackets pivot Ryan Johansen, the 2010 fourth-overall pick who broke through in 2013-14 after two disappointing professional seasons.

In hindsight, the impasse seems predictable, simply because of the dichotomy between what Johansen accomplished last season and what he had done previously as a pro. It’s well worth remembering that as recently as May 2013 the centre was a healthy scratch—and not for the Jackets, but for their AHL affiliate, a team fighting for its playoff life. “It’s not something I enjoyed doing or wanted to do,” Springfield Falcons coach Brad Larsen told the Columbus Dispatch at the time. “But, to be honest with you, it wasn’t all that hard of a decision. We talked after Game 2, and I tried to ramp him up. In Game 3, we just felt like he wasn’t all there, like he wasn’t invested 100 percent.”

With that kind of history, it is entirely understandable that the Blue Jackets would look at Johansen’s 2013-14 performance with some skepticism, asking themselves if it’s really representative of that player’s future performance. Johansen’s camp understandably wants the player to get paid for what was an exceptional year. He led the team’s forward group in minutes played and was second only to Brandon Dubinsky (who regularly kills penalties) in minutes per game. He also scored 33 goals; one more would have had him in the NHL’s top 10.

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