Just how damaging are heated negotiations between Jackets, RFA Johansen?


At the end of the day, will the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen be able to bury the public mess that the restricted free agent’s contract negotiations have become? Perhaps, but for now, the war of words between the Blue Jackets and agent Kurt Overhardt seems to be only heating up.

Blue Jackets president John Davidson attacked Johansen’s camp for making “nonsensical” demands that he likened to “extortion” and then put his cards on the table by revealing the offers the Blue Jackets have made to the 22-year-old forward, including an eight-year, $46 million contract.

Overhardt has fired back at Davidson’s disclosure of the offers Johansen turned down as “unprofessional.”

“I don’t ever talk about numbers with the media,” Overhardt said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “If you look back at the 25 years I’ve been representing players, I never make a public forum out of numbers.”

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