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.
Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, was on TSN 1050 Toronto to talk about his client.
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.
Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson had some choice words for Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.
Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen plainly stated that his team isn't willing to spend "franchise-type money" on Ryan Johansen yet.
It seems very likely at this point that Ryan Johansen will miss the start of training camp.
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.
Negotiations between Columbus and Ryan Johansen stopped on or around August 1st.
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.
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.
There's nothing new to report with regard to contract talks between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch thinks Ryan Johansen will eventually sign a two-year deal.
The Columbus Blue Jackets reportedly wished Ryan Johansen had stuck around Columbus during the summer.
Ryan Johansen's agent reportedly has two- and four-year proposals on table, while Columbus has two- and three-year offers.