Report: Blue Jackets Centre Ryan Johansen gets KHL Offer

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According to a report from TSN’s Farhan Lalji, Columbus Blue Jackets restricted free agent centre Ryan Johansen will soon receive a one-year contract offer for $5 million US, from KHL team CSKA Moscow.

Report: Blue Jackets Centre Ryan Johansen gets KHL Offer

Johansen is currently holding out of Blue Jackets training camp in a contract dispute that became very public this week when John Davidson called his agent’s tactics “extortion” and released the contract offers from the team to Johansen in a public press conference.

“It makes no sense,” Davidson said to the Hockey News [about Johansen’s camp’s demands]. “When you see numbers that are thrown at us, we shouldn’t even respond. That’s how bad it is. It’s embarrassing. And if the kid sits out, he sits out. I wonder if the agent’s going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out.

“With the numbers they come back with…are so one-sided it’s nonsensical. It’s extortion is what it is. I don’t make this stuff up. I’ve been in this league doing this for a long time now and this one here, it’s baffling is what it is. This one’s baffling. Baffling.”

The LWOS Hockey team took a look at Davidson’s comments and debated them in yesterday’s roundtable.

Johansen, 22, scored a career-high 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games with the Blue Jackets last season.
He was the Blue Jackets first round pick, fourth overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

 

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