Both Sides Of The Coin : Ryan Johansen

Updated: July 1, 2014

Ryan Johansen made a comment the other day that’s sent a few different emotions through the Jackets fan base. Some fans are willing to let Johansen go and others are not.  In situations such as this one I like to show everyone both sides of the argument.  “Why Johansen Should Stay” is being covered by myself.  This off-season I was asked by the great guys at DKM Hockey to put in a ballot for the “Lady Bling Award”. Johansen was my second place vote and my reasoning behind him staying on the team is the same as why he placed second.  (yes, I’m doing a writer no no and recycling a post). “Why Johansen Should Go” is being covered by our newest writer, Lindsay Wilson. I like Lindsay because she’s not afraid to have an opinion that is different than others. Which is why she has graciously taken the “Why Johansen Should Go” portion of this article.

Why Johansen Should Stay

Statistical Relevance:
During the regular season Joey led the team in points (63) and goals (33). He currently is one of three players in Blue Jackets history to score at least 30 goals in one season.
Tactile Intangibles:
Just like Jack Johnson, he leaves his friendships at the door. When the Jackets played in New York this season Joey got in Dorse’s face multiple times. Dorse and Joey were once roommates in Columbus. When he’s on the ice it’s about the game and friendships don’t matter. Also, he’s usually the guy that cleans up all the pucks and laughs when he drops a bucket of them at training camp.
The Quintessential Man:
Off the ice: The way Joey interacts with the Heroes for the Black Tie Affair makes every man and woman’s heart swoon.
On the ice: Filthy dangles for days.


Why Johansen Should Go

Point 1: Johansen has only had one good year. During the 2013-14 season, he had 33 goals and 30 assists for 63 points. During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, he had a combined total (including 40 AHL games) of 31 goals and 66 assists for 94 points. He made a huge jump from one season to the next, but how does anyone know if he will be able to continue that in 2014-15?

Point 2: His attitude sucks. After the 2012-2013 NHL season ended, Johansen was sent to Springfield to play for them and get more practice during their playoffs. He was scratched. During the Calder Cup Playoffs. He did not want to be there; he thought he was above playing in the AHL. He didn’t want to put in the work during the first two seasons he played.

Look at his comments in this interview with Aaron Portzline: ( Over the weekend, Johansen went camping. As if he didn’t care. He also said, “I’ve earned more than a two- or three-year deal with my play. It seems a little disrespectful, to be honest… It seems like a slap in the face.” Portzline goes on to say that the Blue Jackets aren’t happy with his conditioning habits and that he didn’t stay in Columbus to train.

Point 3: Johansen wants a long term contract; one that will make him a UFA at the end. That leaves the Jackets with no security at the end. What has he done to deserve that? He had one good year. Take the shorter term and see what happens.

Point 4: Johansen is messing with the future of the team. The energy that is being put into his contract signing could be put towards signing other free agents. If he is given an offer that the Jackets cannot/will not match, they will get draft picks. I’m not saying that would be a bad outcome, but wouldn’t you want to keep someone on the team that you know is going to perform, rather than pick someone who may not even play in the NHL?

Point 5: He knew that his contract was going to be up at the end of the year. It’s possible Johansen could have been playing for a contract. If he is signed long term, I can almost guarantee that his effort and production will drop. Remember what happened with Steve Mason?

If Johansen signs the short term deal, he will have to work for the next contract, the Jackets will have security at the end, and if he does end up regressing, he won’t be around for that long. From what Johansen said to Aaron Portzline, he refuses the bridge contract. I say “see ya.”

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