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Quick Hits: Plenty of notable names on the IR

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During the weekend, some big waves of players were placed on the injured reserve, with the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers moving the likes of Nathan Horton and Derek Stepan there respectively. (Note: Stepan might even begin 2014-15 on the long-term IR.)

Monday prompted plenty of other IR moves. Here’s a collection of some of the most noteworthy moves. There were a lot today, so if you notice any omissions, feel free to share more in the comments.

(Note: Rotoworld’s NHL page was helpful in putting this list together and is another great source for injury updates.)

Johansen told to ‘get his butt’ to Columbus and ‘let’s get back to work’

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Maybe it’s not the best example to use, given the Los Angeles Kings won their first ever Stanley Cup the same season Drew Doughty missed training camp while negotiating his contract.

Still, let’s go back to December of 2011, when then-coach Terry Murray had the following to say about Doughty’s lack of production in the Kings’ first quarter of the regular season: “You can’t miss training camp. Not in this game. You can’t miss training camp. You can’t miss the start of the year. That takes a big bite of everything away from you.”

Today, it’s the Columbus Blue Jackets who are wondering how their young star will perform after missing camp for contract reasons. Ryan Johansen may be locked up for the next three years, but he’s not guaranteed to play in the Jackets’ season-opener Thursday in Buffalo.

“We have to see where he’s at physically,” coach Todd Richards said, per the Columbus Dispatch. “We’re not going to be in a rush to get him into the lineup if he’s not ready.”

Of course, that’s not exactly true. The Jackets will definitely be in a rush to get Johansen into the lineup, given he’s their top center and they’re already missing Nathan Horton, Boone Jenner, and Ryan Murray.

Columbus plays its second game on Saturday at home to the Rangers and its third on Tuesday versus Dallas.

Said Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen: “I talked with Joey briefly already and told him, basically, to get his butt over here and let’s get to work.”

Impasse over: Columbus, Johansen agree to three-year, $12M deal

Ryan Johansen

The stalemate is finally over — per the Blue Jackets, Ryan Johansen has agreed to a three-year extension with the club:

Per TSN, the deal carries an average annual cap hit of $4 million, which represents something of a middle ground between what Johansen — represented by player agent Kurt Overhardt — and Columbus were tabling for a shorter-term deal.

Johansen, 22, enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Blue Jackets last year, finishing 11th in the NHL with 33 goals while centering the club’s top line, helping Columbus to its first-ever postseason victory.

The $6 million salary in ’16-17 is clearly the biggest development of this deal. Once the two sides opted to focus on a shorter-term contract, you knew it would be a table-setter for Johansen’s next deal — looking ahead, the Jackets only have five skaters signed beyond 2017 (Nathan Horton, Scott Hartnell, Brandon Dubinsky, Fedor Tyutin and Jack Johnson) and with a $6 million salary, Johansen would become the team’s highest-paid player.