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Blue Jackets warn Ryan Johansen on stalling contract negotiations

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:30:38 +0000

Cesar Tordesillas - 4E Sports Contributor

Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) - Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen warned Ryan Johansen that he would be cut Thursday if he remained unsigned.

A restricted free agent and the team's leading scorer last season, Johansen left the city Wednesday on the eve of training camp after failing to agree on a new deal with the team.

"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," said Coach Todd Richards.

Early reports had Johansen seeking a four-year deal but the Blue Jackets balked at the length and instead offered a two-year contract.

"We offered him $3 million a year for those two years," Davidson said. "They want double that. We then went to longer-term contracts.

We offered him $32 million over a six-year term. They came back with numbers much, much higher than that."

Davidson added that they offered him eight years at $46 million but it was also rejected.

The Blue Jackets are coming of the best season in franchise history, including their second Stanley Cup Playoff appearance, as Johansen came up with a breakout season producing with 33 goals and 30 assists in 82 games. 

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