Thoughts on Ryan Johansen, Brent Burns, and player age
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As negotiations drag on with little movement, the Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly preparing to enter training camp without top-line center Ryan Johansen. The 21-year-old pivot, already a thirty-goal scorer in the NHL, has been unable to come to an agreement with the club that drafted him with a top-five pick a few years ago; and the two sides are thought to be as much as $3 million apart.
As good as Johansen is, and I really think he has the potential to be a lockdown top-line center with first-liner skills - in the mold of an Anze Kopitar - there are some good reasons for the Blue Jackets to be leary of compensating him like he