Johansen, Columbus Hit Major Roadblock in Negotiations
Columbus has a very interesting case on their hands with star center of the future Ryan Johansen, and it seems almost hopeless at this point. The young center is seeking over 6 million per year, a price the team is not willing to pay. As training camp approaches, Johansen has gone back home to Canada, and will more than certainly miss most it. The team is looking for a bridge deal currently.
Johansen, 22, was the 4th overall pick in 2010, and is coming off a career year at 63 points in 82 appearances. Johansen was a big part of Columbus’ playoff appearance, and quickly became their top offensive center after an abysmal 2013 campaign which saw 12 points in 40 games. The offers put out on the table by the organization were 2 years/6 million, 6 years/32 million, and 8 years/46 million.
All things said and done, Johansen should take the 2 year, 6 million bridge deal. At 22 years old, 3 million is a fair price, especially after one good season, even if you have potential to be the franchise player. For example, the year PK Subban held out of training camp and took a bridge deal is the year that he won the Norris Trophy, which eventually landed him the monstrous contract he will hold for the foreseeable future. Johansen’s smaller contract could help him out in the long run, as well as help land some more assets and pieces to play with the growing center.
But unfortunately for Columbus, not all situations are that perfect, and only time will tell what happens with these two groups. Stay tuned to our twitter feed for more.
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