The Columbus Blue Jackets are preparing a hold out by top center Ryan Johansen.
Johansen is one of the best up and coming players in the NHL and he wants the money he feels he deserves. The difference in the two sides is upwards of $3.5 million per season, and neither side is showing signs of budging. Johansen is reportedly asking for $7 million per year but the Blue Jackets are hoping to get Johansen for a short term bridge deal at about $3.5 million per season.
At $7 million per season that would make Johansen one of the top paid forwards in the NHL.
Johansen had one of the best goal-scoring seasons of a player aged 21 or younger. He totaled 33 goals and 63 points which lead the team in both categories. His 33 goals last season ranked 10th in the league.
At the age of 22, he is well on his way to making $7 million, but only having one productive season he may be a couple years off of making his asking price of $7 million. There is no doubt that Ryan Johansen is one of, if not the best player on the Blue Jackets so they're hoping to get this resolved as soon as possible.
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