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Ryan Johansen | Center

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

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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."
Source: nhl.com
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

Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen plainly stated that his team isn't willing to spend "franchise-type money" on Ryan Johansen yet.

Johansen is a restricted free agent and at this point in danger of missing the start of training camp. Despite that, Kekalainen is taking a hard line with the talented young forward. "Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever," Kekalainen said. "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." He's probably gambling on the idea that Johansen will cave rather than risk missing playing time at this stage of his career. That's risky, but Kekalainen does have a point. Johansen had 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season, but he was far worse in his previous years and while his talent isn't in question, it's reasonable to want him to prove that he can stay at that level before giving him a big contract.
Sep 16 - 10:13 AM

It seems very likely at this point that Ryan Johansen will miss the start of training camp.

Of course, nothing is set in stone, but the fact that Johansen is still a restricted free agent in mid-September is a very bad sign. Sooner or later, we have to believe either the Blue Jackets or Johansen will concede, but with every passing day, the danger of this impacting Johansen's season increases. Missing part or all of training camp could cause Johansen to start the season off on the wrong foot and in a worst case scenario, that could have a snowballing effect. Of course, that's only one possibility, but the risk associated with having Johansen on your fantasy team increases with every day he goes unsigned despite the likelihood that Johansen will not miss too much of the regular season, if any at all, due to this impasse.
Sep 15 - 5:30 AM

While it doesn't sound like much progress has been made - Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is leaving discussions to his assistant - at least the Ryan Johansen contract talks have resumed.

He scored more goals (33) and points (63) in the 2013-14 season than he had in his previous two seasons combined, so it's easy to see why there's an impasse. At 22, missing a training camp or even a few regular season games wouldn't be ideal, but at least consider a slow start a possibility when pondering the up-and-coming Blue Jackets forward.
Sep 13 - 12:37 PM

Negotiations between Columbus and Ryan Johansen stopped on or around August 1st.

The two sides agreed on a two-year term, but the value of the contract has been a completely different matter. They are about $3 million apart, with the Blue Jackets offering around $3.5 million per year and Johansen's agent seeking around $6.5 million a year. Columbus is understandably reluctant to shell out that kind of money to a player this early in their career who has enjoyed one excellent season. Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch feels the team should try to wait him out and see if the start of training camp loosens his resolve.
Sep 4 - 4:57 PM

Ryan Johansen and the Blue Jackets are still in the midst of an intense contract standoff as Columbus hopes to sign their young star to a bridge deal, while Johansen says he deserves a long, lucrative agreement.

Johansen and his agent Kurt Overhardt believe the 22-year-old budding star deserves a raise after notching 63 points in 82 games during his first full season in the league. The Blue Jackets do too, offering the 6'3, 220 pound center a two-year, $3.5 million per year bridge contract where a long-term deal would come afterwards. However, Johansen's side wants to be paid now, seeking a deal in the range of $7 million per season, which has created a negotiation stalemate. If Johansen does not sign by the start of training camp on Sept. 18, the Jackets could use their ample cap space to sign another unrestricted free agent while Johansen holds out.
Aug 30 - 5:24 PM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen feels it's very important for Ryan Johansen's contract situation to be settled before training camp opens in a about a month from now.

"It's a business," Kekalainen said. "But for me, the team is always first. Everything we do — whether you're a star, a fourth-liner, a grinder, the tough guy, a depth guy — this is all about the team. That's why you have to be in camp the first day. That's when it starts, and that's when the team comes together. It's very, very important that we start as a team. To me, that is huge. That's going to be a very serious matter from a team point of view." That's not a surprising point of view and it has the potential to change the relationship between the two sides if it becomes a holdout. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, feels an unresolved contract into camp puts more pressure on Columbus than it does on his client. Both sides feel they have leverage in the process and they haven't budged for more than four weeks. They are roughly $3 million apart per season on a two-year contract. Kekalainen said there's "plenty of time to get a deal done."
Aug 19 - 12:27 PM

There's nothing new to report with regard to contract talks between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen.

There hasn't been much to report since it was believed that the two sides were about $3 million per season apart in negotiations. Training camps open in a month and the Jackets need to have their star center ready for what could be a banner year for the franchise.
Aug 18 - 1:30 PM

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch thinks Ryan Johansen will eventually sign a two-year deal.

The two sides appeared to be $3 million apart per season when they last talked and there hasn't been much progress since. Training camps open a little over a month and both sides could use as leverage to push negotiations.
Aug 13 - 4:08 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets reportedly wished Ryan Johansen had stuck around Columbus during the summer.

Johansen returned home to British Columbia for the summer, but it has been reported that the Blue jackets would have preferred that he remained in the Columbus area with a number of his teammates. With Johansen and the club currently engaged in hard-fought negotiations, it's not surprising to hear stories like this one surface, but this is the type of non-event that eventually gets brushed aside when the two sides make amends and agree to a deal.
Aug 9 - 8:47 AM

Ryan Johansen's agent reportedly has two- and four-year proposals on table, while Columbus has two- and three-year offers.

There hasn't been much talking between the two sides lately, which gives credence to the report that they are far apart in terms money. Columbus doesn't want to give him a four-year deal because it would lead right into unrestricted free agency.
Aug 7 - 4:33 PM

Depth Charts

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