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Ryan Johansen | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 203
Contract: view contract details

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Ryan Johansen's contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets have resumed.
Johansen is still a restricted free agent with the start of the regular season fast approaching. His reported demands for a two-year, $9.4 million contract are tough to justify when Jaden Schwartz, who has put up similar numbers and was in a similar situation, agreed to a two-year, $4.7 million extension with the Blues. At the same time, the Blue Jackets need Johansen even more now that Boone Jenner has been sidelined with a broken hand. Sep 30 - 7:57 AM

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Ryan Johansen’s agent will likely not be swayed by Jaden Schwartz’s two-year, $4.7 million contract.

Schwartz ended his contract dispute with the Blues Saturday, but The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline says that this deal probably won’t move Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, into lowering his demands. Portzline says Overhardt has based his negotiations on Johansen’s "comparables on his potential and place on the roster." Johansen is said to be seeking similar money for one year to what Schwartz just accepted for two.
Sep 27 - 9:28 PM

It's reportedly been over a week since the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen have discussed a new contract.

Word is they're still about $1.7M apart over two years. Stay tuned.
Sep 26 - 10:41 PM

Ryan Johansen and his agent, Kurt Overhardt, have reportedly lowered his contract demands.

The report says the latest offer was set at two years at $4.7 million per year. Overhardt has now reduced their original asking price by more than $2 million per season. The Blue Jackets probably want Johansen's demands to lower a bit more before they start meaningful negotiations.
Sep 22 - 6:06 PM

Ryan Johansen has gotten "several" KHL offers over the last two months, according to his agent.

CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov recently denied a report that he made Johansen a one-year, $5 million offer, but it wouldn't be surprising if other KHL teams had made an attempt to sign Johansen. The 22-year-old forward isn't likely to bolt to the KHL despite his impasse with Columbus.
Sep 21 - 1:11 PM

CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov denied that his team has made Ryan Johansen a contract offer.

There was a report last night that Moscow had offered Johansen a one-year, $5 million contract. Either way, Johansen could probably get a lucrative contract in the KHL if he wanted to, but he's not likely to actually go that route. He's far more likely to eventually compromise with Columbus, although he might miss the preseason and perhaps even some regular season contests before that happens.
Sep 21 - 12:29 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen will likely do a short term deal when the two sides finally agree.

Johansen is holding out and while Johansen is looking at $5 million per season over two years, the Blue Jackets are not budging over a two-year/$6 million deal. Both sides agree that a long term deal is not feasible at this time. A report stated that CSKA Moscow is going to offer Johansen $5 million on a one-year deal. Stay tuned.
Sep 21 - 6:46 AM

CSKA Moscow of the KHL is set to offer Ryan Johansen a one-year, $5 million deal, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Lalji reports that CSKA’s offer, which will occur Saturday night, is the seventh Johansen has received from a KHL team. The Blue Jackets center is not expected to take any of them, despite the ongoing contract stalemate with his NHL club. Reports have indicated that Johansen and the Blue Jackets are at least $2-3 million off per season.
Sep 20 - 10:51 PM

Ryan Johansen’s agent Kurt Overhardt submitted a proposal to the Blue Jackets for a two-year deal worth less than $5 million per year, according to NY Post’s Larry Brooks.

Brooks said the offer was made Thursday, so obviously it’s not something the Blue Jackets were intrigued by. Team president John Davidson has said that the Blue Jackets would not budge off a two-year deal at $3 million a year as Johansen does not have arbitration rights. The 22-year-old broke out last season with 33 goals and 63 points. An agreement doesn't appear imminent, but these situations tend to resolve themselves quickly once there's a compromise.
Sep 20 - 9:15 PM

There have been no negotiations in contract talks between Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Johansen is a restricted free agent and turned down the Blue Jackets last offer so he is sitting on the sidelines as training camps open across the NHL. Johansen had a breakout season in 2013-14 with 33 goals and 30 assists and at age 22 is looking for a better contract than the ones offered by Columbus which includes a two-year deal worth $6 million, a six year contract for $32 million and an eight year deal for $46 million.
Sep 20 - 8:08 AM

Agent Kurt Overhardt, who represents restricted free agent Ryan Johansen, reportedly tried to meet with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, but was turned down.

Overhardt and Blue Jackets president John Davidson have made their cases to the public lately in a heated fashion and that has led to Columbus taking the unusual step of revealing what its offers were. The Blue Jackets proposed three deals to Johansen, including a two-year, $6 million contract, six-year, $32 million deal, and an eight-year $46 million offer. All were rejected. At this point, it wouldn't be in the least bit surprising if Johansen doesn't sign by the start of the season.
Sep 18 - 9:01 AM

Ryan Johansen, a restricted free agent who led the Blue Jackets in scoring last season, has left Columbus on the eve of training camp, unhappy with the club's contract offer to him - but coach Todd Richards insists he won't let the matter distract his team.

"Right now he's not here," Richards said. "I'm treating it like the regular season when you deal with an injury. He's not in the lineup. You move past it. If he's in the lineup, great; if not, I've got to find somebody else that'll do it. The one thing that will become an issue from what I've seen in the past, just based on my history and what I've been through as a coach, is when you miss time in training camp you try to play catch-up and a lot of times you can't catch up."
Sep 17 - 11:41 PM

Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, was on TSN 1050 Toronto to talk about his client.

When he was asked what the next step in negotiations would be, he said: "The only thing I will say is, I'm a very big supporter of being affirmative in negotiations, a very big supporter of communicating, olive branches, etc. So, there should be an assumption that there are no lines being drawn by our side. There are no lines being drawn behind the scenes. There will never be any lines drawn publicly. So the assumption needs to be that we're ready, willing, and able to move forward, but it takes two parties to dance." He wouldn't comment on numbers and he declined to respond to John Davidson's highly critical comments from Tuesday. It doesn't look like Johansen will be available for Columbus for the start of training camp and his holdout could be a long one.
Sep 17 - 5:36 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets won't let Ryan Johansen prepare for the upcoming at their facilities if he doesn't agree to a new deal before training camp opens.

That's not an uncommon situation, but it adds to what has been an intense and recently heated negotiation process. Johansen may go home to Vancouver or head to Portland, his former WHL team, to participate in on-ice workouts if his holdout carries through camp.
Sep 17 - 1:52 PM

Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson had some choice words for Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.

Davidson openly questioned whether Overhardt's contract demands were actually in the best interest of his client, referring to his negotiating tactics as "extortion". The Blue Jackets president added to his criticism, asking "I wonder if the agent is going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out?" Forced to plan for life without their number one center, Columbus is prepared to make some lineup changes to fill the void. "We’ve got Boone Jenner who can move to the middle. We’ve got (Brandon) Dubinsky, who can move up a spot," Davidson said. "Nothing changes for us (if Johansen’s not there). We’re not a team that has to get on our knees to beg people to play for us. It’s not going to happen." Owners of Johansen in keeper leagues can't be pleased by how this is going.
Sep 16 - 10:11 PM

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C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Mark Letestu
5Brian Gibbons
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Simon Hjalmarsson
6Sonny Milano
RW1Nathan Horton
2Cam Atkinson
3Jared Boll
4Corey Tropp
5Jerry D'Amigo
D1James Wisniewski
2Jack Johnson
3Fedor Tyutin
4Ryan Murray
5David Savard
6Tim Erixon
7Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney