Player News - Blue Jackets

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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

Boone Jenner will move to center for the Blue Jackets, at least initially.

With Ryan Johansen (unsigned) not with the team, the Blue Jackets have decided to shift Jenner to his natural position for Columbus’ first preseason game. "If Johansen’s here, we may have (Jenner) on the wing but we’d still be trying him at center," coach Todd Richards said. "You take a player like that, a fierce competitor. ... I haven’t seen him take a draw yet, but I bet he takes a draw like he plays a game. You better be ready." In his rookie season, Jenner had 16 goals and 29 points during 72 regular-season games, with five points in six playoff contests. The 21-year-old has a very bright future.
Sep 20 - 8:06 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets may not have a captain again this season.

This will be the third season in a row for the Blue Jackets as they have not had a captain since dealing Rick Nash to the Rangers in 2012 off-season. The last team to go more than two seasons without someone wearing the 'c' was the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1992-95.
Sep 20 - 8:29 AM

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

Ryan Murray did not practice with his teammates on the first day of Blue Jackets training camp because he’s still rehabbing a knee injury.

Murray was supposed to practice with the afternoon group of players on Friday, but never hit the ice. Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Murray’s absence was just part of his rehab schedule. "This is part of his rehab process, and he’s not going to skate everyday" said Kekalainen. "So, today was just one of those days where he’s not going to skate." The Jackets are counting on the former second overall pick in 2012 to be a key part of their defense this season.
Sep 19 - 8:10 PM

Simon Hjalmarsson could have a shot at a roster spot entering the 2014-15 season.

His chances improved with the news that Nathan Horton's back ailment may carry over into the regular season. Hjalmarsson will face stiff competition from Brian Gibbons and Jerry D'Amigo at training camp.
Sep 18 - 3:57 PM

Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a back injury that has bothered him for most of the summer.

It's doubtful at this time that he will participate in training camp and he could miss the start of the regular season as well. Horton missed 40 games because of off-season shoulder surgery and he suffered an abdominal injury late in the year as well. He had five goals and 19 points in 36 games last season.
Sep 18 - 3:47 PM

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

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn't sure if Nathan Horton (back) will miss the start of the season.

The injury isn't expected to be long term. Shoulder and abdominal injuries sidelined Horton for most of the 2013-14 season. His back ailment could limit his participation at the start of training camp. We'll keep you posted on his status.
Sep 17 - 3:40 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

Oscar Dansk stepped up in the 2014 Traverse City rookie tournament.

Dansk had a 2.40 GAA and .925 save percentage to help Columbus win the tournament. We don't want to read too much into prospect games, but it's still a positive for him after he struggled in this tournament last year.
Sep 17 - 7:56 AM

Josh Anderson led the Columbus Blue Jackets to the 2014 Traverse City title.

Anderson, had three game-winning goals in the four contest rookie tournament, including an overtime marker in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 victory over Dallas on Tuesday. Fellow Columbus prospects Marko Dano and Kerby Rychel each finished the four-game tournament with three goals and six points. Oliver Bjorkstrand also had four goals and two assists for Columbus. Ryan Johansen is still a restricted free agent, which might cause some of the Jackets' prospects might play bigger roles in the preseason than they were originally penciled in for.
Sep 17 - 7:54 AM

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