Johansen will be in the Blue Jackets lineup tonight.
Just three days after signing a three-year, $12 million dollar deal, Johansen will throw that Blue Jackets jersey on and lace em up tonight vs. the Sabres. He only has one practice and a gameday skate under him, so you can expect a little rust. With all the injuries in Columbus right now, the Jackets will lean heavily on Johansen and his linemates Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson.
Johansen is a far from a guarantee to play in Thursday's season opener.
Johansen joined the Blue Jackets for his first practice of the season on Wednesday morning and he reportedly did not look sharp at certain point of the skate. That is to be expected from a player who missed the entire preseason, but with all the injuries in Columbus right now, it would be surprising to not see Johansen in the lineup. Even a Ryan Johansen at 75% is likely still their top centre right now.
Johansen is on the ice for the Blue Jackets practice Wednesday morning.
Johansen's status for Thursday's game is up in the air, but after spending Tuesday trying to get from Canada to Columbus, his presence on the ice is a positive sign for his availability tomorrow. There will be a ton of pressure on Johansen in the early part of the season, because of the contract dispute and the injuries Columbus is already dealing with.
Johansen expects to play in the Blue Jackets' season opener on Thursday.
Johansen is currently in Toronto waiting to be cleared by immigration on both sides of the border before he can travel to Columbus. Johansen is expected to be in Columbus today for a physical and on the ice for Wednesday's practice and in uniform on Thursday night vs. the Sabres. "I feel good. I feel close (to game shape)," Johansen said. "I haven’t had any preseason games, so that's a challenge. My two linemates (forwards Boone Jenner and Nathan Horton) are hurt. That’ll be one of the biggest thing, being thrown in with two new guys."
The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with RFA Ryan Johansen on a three-year, $12 million deal.
The lengthy contract dispute is finally over and it is a good thing for the Blue Jackets, who looked like they would be without their entire top-line to start the season. Johansen and the Blue Jackets were significantly apart on the dollar value, but were able to get a deal done before the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Johansen had his coming out party last year when he scored 33 goals and 30 assists (63 points) in 82 games. Expect another 30-30 season from the 22 year old.
Blue Jackets recall Center Ryan Johansen from AHL's Springfield Falcons.
With all the injuries to the Blue Jackets, Johansen has been recalled. He struggled at the start of the season only recording 2 A in 10 games. He had 33 PTS in 40 games including a +11 in the AHL so the talent is there, he just needs to translate it to the NHL.
Ryan Johansen has officially made the Columbus Blue Jackets.
After the Blue Jackets cut Tim Erixon and Boone Jenner, it was made apperent that Johansen had made the team. Johansen could be CBJ's #1 center this season which opens the door for him to have solid season. Keep an eye on the 20 year-old.