The stalemate is finally over — per the Blue Jackets, Ryan Johansen has agreed to a three-year extension with the club:
#CBJ have agreed to terms with C Ryan Johansen on a 3-year contract. Official announcement to come.
— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) October 6, 2014
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.
Johansen terms: $3M in 2014-15, $3M in 2015-16 and $6M in 2016-17.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) October 6, 2014
“@Aportzline: Johansen terms: $3M in 2014-15, $3M in 2015-16 and $6M in 2016-17.” Last year is the kicker. Has to be qualified at $6M.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 6, 2014
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.