Ryan Johansen not expected at Blue Jackets camp due to contract impasse
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Sep 1, 2014
The Blue Jackets' position: Johansen does not have arbitration rights. Johansen's position, through agent Kurt Overhardt: Johansen is 22 years old and he's one of the top centers in the NHL. Their approach with Johansen is completely reasonable, given his accomplishments and their rights with him as a restricted free agent. It must be said that $7 million per is not a reasonable ask for Johansen's camp considering what we know of the NHL's newly rediscovered penchant for dishing out “bridge contracts” to guys whose entry-level deals are expiring; if elite players like P.K. Their best centerman, and arguably their best offensive player, isn’t expected to be there. The two sides can't agree on much, it seems, except this: There is nothing new to report. Nada. Zip. Zilch.