Report: Johansen and Blue Jackets still far apart in contract talks

Kyle Smith
Bruce Hemmelgarn / USA TODAY

The Columbus Blue Jackets are still very much engaged in a tense game of contract chicken with budding star Ryan Johansen, with neither side looking as though they are ready to blink.

Although, as Aaron Portzline notes, it is still July so there is plenty of time to get a deal done, Johansen has already referred to a previous Blue Jackets' offer as "a little disrespectful".

The fourth overall pick in 2010, Johansen had a breakout season in 2013-14, notching 33 goals and 63 points as the Blue Jackets made the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09.