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The Blue Jackets have rejected the latest contract offer from Johansen's agent Kurt Overhardt, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

This isn't a big surprise, as the increasingly bitter negotiations seem poised to drag on for a while yet. Brandon Dubinsky, who is also represented by Overhardt and went through his own nine-day absence from camp during his days as an RFA with the Rangers, says that the locker room will welcome the young center back without reservation once the contract dispute is settled, so that's at least a sliver of good news for Johansen owners.

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Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, has sent a new two-year contract proposal in to the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The two sides were reportedly about $3.5 million per year apart when Johansen left camp, so while this latest offer likely didn't close the gap much it's encouraging to see that there's at least some movement.

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Johansen has flown home to Vancouver after last-minute talks between the Blue Jackets and his agent failed to produce a contract agreement, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Club president John Davidson took the unusual step of publicly announcing the various contracts Johansen had been offered and turned down, which ranged from a two-year, $6 million deal to eight years and $46 million, while agent Kurt Overhardt is said to be seeking a two-year, $13 million deal as a 'bridge' contract to take his restricted free agent client into his arbitration years. With the two sides still so far apart, Johansen could be facing a lengthy absence from training camp, so unless things change in a hurry you'll need to start dropping Johansen on your cheat sheets.

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Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen dropped strong hints that the club would stop negotiating with Johansen's agent once training camp begins on Thursday, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Meanwhile, club president John Davidson described agent Kurt Overhardt's contract proposals as "embarrassing" and "absurd", and said that while the Jackets are using Matt Duchesne's bridge deal as a reasonable point of comparison, Overhardt has been tossing around names like Stamkos and Toews. Public statements like these are clearly a negotiating tactic, but the Jackets do have enough depth at center that they could try to survive the loss of Johansen, last season's top scorer, by shifting Boone Jenner into the middle or possibly giving a prospect like Alexander Wennberg a long look.

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After six weeks of silence, the Blue Jackets front office is expected to resume negotiations with Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, during this weekend's Traverse City prospect tournament, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "The last time they contacted us, (the offer) wasn't something that merited further talks," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

The two sides are said to be $3 million per year apart, although they have agreed in principle on a two-year contract. The Blue Jackets' training camp begins September 17, and if Johansen isn't under contract by then he'll be officially considered a holdout. He has been in Columbus the last two weeks participating in voluntary practices, however, so if he does sign over the next few days Johansen won't be behind in his conditioning.

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The Johansen camp and the Blue Jackets are said to be $3 million per year apart in contract talks, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

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Ryan Johansen's agent has reportedly made the Columbus Blue Jackets a two-year offer.

Johansen is a restricted free agent and previously called the Blue Jackets insistence on a shot-term contract a "slap in the face," so the fact that they're now willing to settle for a two-year deal is huge. He broke out last season with 33 goals and 63 points, but he didn't do much offensively in his first two NHL seasons. It's not hard to see why the Blue Jackets would want to hedge their bets by inking him to a short-term deal under the circumstances, although we don't think Johansen's 2013-14 campaign was a fluke.

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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.