Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: 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.
Impact: 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.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: 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.
Impact: 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 the RFA 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.
Nathan Horton - #8 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 229lbs
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though he's fully recovered from his abdominal and shoulder injuries, Horton will be limited in the early stages of training camp due to lingering back issues, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Horton appeared poised to enter his second training camp with the Blue Jackets at full health, but it didn't take long for him to succumb to another injury. While this latest ailment doesn't appear nearly as concerning as the abdominal and shoulder injuries that both required surgery over the last 14 months, it's difficult to rely on Horton staying upright over the course of a full season. If he's somehow able to dispatch the myriad health concerns that have plagued him the last several seasons, 50-point potential exists here. For right now, however, that projection probably appears overly optimistic.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: 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.
Impact: 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.
T.J. Tynan - #49 - Center - 5'8" - 165lbs
News: Tynan scored a goal as the Blue Jackets' squad defeated the Wild 6-4 in Friday's opener of the Traverse City prospect tournament.
Impact: After finishing up his college career, Tynan got his feet wet in the AHL last season and will likely spend all of this season at Springfield. The undersized forward has been passed up on the Jackets' prospect list by an influx of talent added to the organization over the last couple of years, and Tynan will really need to prove himself in the AHL before he'll get a sniff of the NHL roster.
Alexander Wennberg - #41 - Center - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Wennberg scored an empty-net goal as the Blue Jackets' squad downed the Wild 6-4 in Friday's opener of the Traverse City prospect tournament.
Impact: The Columbus team at this year's tournament is loaded with talent, headlined by 2013 first-round picks Wennberg, Kerby Rychel and Marko Dano. All three will likely spend most of the season in the AHL, but if Ryan Johansen's contract dispute extends into the regular season it could open up a spot at center for Wennberg to begin the year with the big club.
Marko Dano - #56 - Center - 5'11" - 183lbs
News: Dano scored two goals and added an assist as the Blue Jackets' squad downed the Wild 6-4 in Friday's opener of the Traverse City prospect tournament.
Impact: The Columbus team at this year's tournament is loaded with talent, headlined by 2013 first-round picks Dano, Alexander Wennberg and Kerby Rychel. All three will likely spend most of the season in the AHL, but if Dano plays well at Springfield, he could get called up when the Jackets need some help on the wing.
Kerby Rychel - #52 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Rychel scored a goal and added three assists as the Blue Jackets' squad downed the Wild 6-4 in Friday's opener of the Traverse City prospect tournament.
Impact: The Columbus team at this year's tournament is loaded with talent, headlined by 2013 first-round picks Rychel, Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano. All three will likely spend most of the season in the AHL, but if Rychel plays well at Springfield, he could get called up when the Jackets need a little grit on the wing.
Sonny Milano - #57 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 183lbs
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | STATS
News: The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Sonny Milano, the club's first pick in the 2014 NHL draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Impact: The 18-year-old left wing was the 16th overall pick in June's draft. A member of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers, he is among 25 players representing the Blue Jackets at the annual NHL prospects tournament from this weekend in Traverse City, Michigan.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: 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.
Impact: 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.