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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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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

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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

Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and center Ryan Johansen have hit an apparent impasse of late.

Johansen and his agent seemed to be moving the process along a few weeks ago when their demand for a four-year deal was reduced to accept a two-year bridge contract, but the two sides continue to greatly disagree on the financial terms of a deal. While no specific figures have been mentioned, it's believed the annual salary Johansen is seeking is about $3 million higher than what the club is willing to dish out. There's still plenty of time for this matter to be sorted out, but Blue Jackets fans would certainly like this back-and-forth to end sooner rather than later.
Aug 3 - 5:11 PM

Ryan Johansen's agent has reportedly made the Columbus Blue Jackets a two-year offer.

Johansen is a restricted free agent and previously called the Blue Jackets insistence on a shot-term contract a "slap in the face," so the fact that they're now willing to settle for a two-year deal is huge. He broke out last season with 33 goals and 63 points, but he didn't do much offensively in his first two NHL seasons. It's not hard to see why the Blue Jackets would want to hedge their bets by inking him to a short-term deal under the circumstances, although we don't think Johansen's 2013-14 campaign was a fluke.
Jul 21 - 9:41 AM

Ryan Johansen, the Blue Jackets' leading scorer last season, is free to negotiate with all NHL teams but don't expect the high-scoring center to be playing with any team other than Columbus next season.

Johansen can receive offer sheets from other clubs, and he probably will, but Columbus GM armo Kekalainen has said he will match any offer sheet Johansen could sign, and he can, because the club is about $18 million under the salary cap. "If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet," Kekalainen said. "Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that’s fine for them. We’d just match it and keep the player." Johansen had 33 goals and 30 assists with Columbus last season.
Jul 5 - 9:42 AM

Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets are not close to inking a new contract.

Johansen is slated to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday and the Blue Jackets want him to sign a bridge deal but Johansen and his agents are not remotely interested in that. Johansen is coming off a breakout season in which he had 33 goals and 63 points, the youngest player in the NHL to pot 30 in 2013-14. He is only 21 years of age and wants to sign a long-term deal. "I've earned more than a two or three-year deal with my play," Johansen said. "It seems a little disrespectful, to be honest. I want to play in Columbus, and I want to be a Blue Jacket, but I want to get this done. It seems like a slap in the face." Things could be getting tense in Columbus. Stay tuned.
Jun 30 - 7:30 AM

Signing Ryan Johansen is at the top of GM Jarmo Kekalainen's to-do list.

"It's important that we get him signed, and I believe we will," Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch. "We're starting to get prepared [internally] for what it might take. The pluses are big and the minuses are few. He's a big part of our future and it's a big priority that we get him signed." He's been confident that a deal will get done since the Blue Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs by Pittsburgh. Johansen broke out offensively in 2013-14 with 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games. He'll be a restricted free agent in July.
Jun 7 - 4:37 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are confident in their ability to retain restricted free agent Ryan Johansen.

Johansen is coming off his entry-level contract and really the question isn't if he will re-sign with the Blue Jackets because it would be shocking if Columbus ultimately let him play anywhere else. The issue is how much he'll cost the Blue Jackets after scoring 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games this season. "I'm sure we'll get him signed through the proper process and he’ll be a big part of our future," Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said.
May 6 - 10:10 AM

Center Ryan Johansen, 21, starred for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, leading the team with 33 goals and 63 points -- and he's soon going to be rewarded financially.

"I get goosebumps thinking about where this guy (Johansen) could go with his career," Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. Back-to-back summers of an intense training regimen have helped Johansen augment his agility and add muscle to his 6-foot-3 frame, but now he’s entering a different kind of summer process. He’ll still train as usual, but as of July 5, Johansen is a restricted free agent and will require a new contract. He's in for a bulky raise. Kekalainen said he is "not worried about getting him signed. I’m convinced that we will. . .We have a special player in our hands, and we’re going to make sure we push (him) to the next level and he’s going to help us. I’m sure we’ll get him signed through the proper process and he’ll be a big part of our future."
May 3 - 11:37 AM

Ryan Johansen picked up an assist on Saturday and now has two goals and six points in five post-season games.

After a terrific regular season in which he had 33 goals and 63 points, Johansen has been just as good offensively in the playoffs. The 21-year-old has an extremely bright future in the NHL and should be taken in the early to middle rounds of pools next season.
Apr 27 - 7:02 AM

Ryan Johansen picked up his first two points in his playoff career on Saturday.

Johansen had a goal and an assist as he continued his outstanding play that started during the regular season. The 21-year-old ended the regular season with 33 goals and 63 points. The Penguins are going to have to find a way to shut him down or the Blue Jackets will continue to give them fits in the first round of the playoffs. The series is tied at one apiece with the teams headed to Columbus for Games 3 and 4.
Apr 20 - 7:25 AM

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C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Brian Gibbons
5Ryan Craig
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Mark Letestu
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