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Blue Jackets and Johansen inch closer to holdout

There seems to be no budging on an agreement towards a new contract for Blue Jackets star, Ryan Johansen. (Source:WOIO) There seems to be no budging on an agreement towards a new contract for Blue Jackets star, Ryan Johansen. (Source:WOIO)

There seems to be no budging on an agreement towards a new contract for Blue Jackets star, Ryan Johansen. 

The two sides are not coming close to an agreement which would lock up Ryan Johansen. The Blue Jackets are offering a reported, 2-year deal with annual average of around $3.5 million. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt is asking for about $6.5 million on Johansen's behalf. 

"It makes no sense," Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations, John Davidson said 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."

Training camp opens up this Thursday, if the two sides do not come to an agreement, it will officially be a holdout.

Johansen and Overhardt are asking for this kind of money because Johansen is one of the best up and comers in the NHL today. He also led the Blue Jackets in scoring last season.

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