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Ryan Johansen, the Blue Jackets' leading scorer last season, is free to negotiate with all NHL teams but don't expect the high-scoring center to be playing with any team other than Columbus next season.

Johansen can receive offer sheets from other clubs, and he probably will, but Columbus GM armo Kekalainen has said he will match any offer sheet Johansen could sign, and he can, because the club is about $18 million under the salary cap. "If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet," Kekalainen said. "Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that's fine for them. We'd just match it and keep the player." Johansen had 33 goals and 30 assists with Columbus last season.

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Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets are not close to inking a new contract.

Johansen is slated to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday and the Blue Jackets want him to sign a bridge deal but Johansen and his agents are not remotely interested in that. Johansen is coming off a breakout season in which he had 33 goals and 63 points, the youngest player in the NHL to pot 30 in 2013-14. He is only 21 years of age and wants to sign a long-term deal. "I've earned more than a two or three-year deal with my play," Johansen said. "It seems a little disrespectful, to be honest. I want to play in Columbus, and I want to be a Blue Jacket, but I want to get this done. It seems like a slap in the face." Things could be getting tense in Columbus. Stay tuned.

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Signing Ryan Johansen is at the top of GM Jarmo Kekalainen's to-do list.

"It's important that we get him signed, and I believe we will," Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch. "We're starting to get prepared [internally] for what it might take. The pluses are big and the minuses are few. He's a big part of our future and it's a big priority that we get him signed." He's been confident that a deal will get done since the Blue Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs by Pittsburgh. Johansen broke out offensively in 2013-14 with 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games. He'll be a restricted free agent in July.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are confident in their ability to retain restricted free agent Ryan Johansen.

Johansen is coming off his entry-level contract and really the question isn't if he will re-sign with the Blue Jackets because it would be shocking if Columbus ultimately let him play anywhere else. The issue is how much he'll cost the Blue Jackets after scoring 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games this season. "I'm sure we'll get him signed through the proper process and he'll be a big part of our future," Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said.

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Center Ryan Johansen, 21, starred for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, leading the team with 33 goals and 63 points -- and he's soon going to be rewarded financially.

"I get goosebumps thinking about where this guy (Johansen) could go with his career," Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. Back-to-back summers of an intense training regimen have helped Johansen augment his agility and add muscle to his 6-foot-3 frame, but now he's entering a different kind of summer process. He'll still train as usual, but as of July 5, Johansen is a restricted free agent and will require a new contract. He's in for a bulky raise. Kekalainen said he is "not worried about getting him signed. I'm convinced that we will. . .We have a special player in our hands, and we're going to make sure we push (him) to the next level and he's going to help us. I'm sure we'll get him signed through the proper process and he'll be a big part of our future."

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Ryan Johansen picked up an assist on Saturday and now has two goals and six points in five post-season games.

After a terrific regular season in which he had 33 goals and 63 points, Johansen has been just as good offensively in the playoffs. The 21-year-old has an extremely bright future in the NHL and should be taken in the early to middle rounds of pools next season.

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Ryan Johansen picked up his first two points in his playoff career on Saturday.

Johansen had a goal and an assist as he continued his outstanding play that started during the regular season. The 21-year-old ended the regular season with 33 goals and 63 points. The Penguins are going to have to find a way to shut him down or the Blue Jackets will continue to give them fits in the first round of the playoffs. The series is tied at one apiece with the teams headed to Columbus for Games 3 and 4.

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Ryan Johansen was chosen as the NHL's third star of the week for the final week of the regular season.

He notched two goals and six points in four games. Both of his markers, his 32nd and 33rd of the season, were game winners. Johansen earned the 16th muli-point performance of the 2013-14 campaign in Saturday's win over Florida. He racked up 63 points in 82 contests.

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Ryan Johansen scored a goal and added an assist to spark the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night in a 3-2 triumph over the Panthers in Florida.

Johansen got the game winner on a slapshot at 5:58 of the third period. The 21-year-old center has enjoyed a very good season, with 33 goals and 30 assists. Cam Atkinson (21st) and Mark Letestu (12th) also picked up goals for the Jackets.

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Ryan Johansen's overtime winner helped the Blue Jackets remain in control of the final Wildcard spot in the East after a 4-3 win over the Coyotes.

Johansen also pitched in an assist in what has been a fantastic season for the young gun. The 21 year old has a three game point streak going, and 59 points in total through 79 games in this campaign.