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Report: short-term deals on the table in Johansen contract talks with Jackets

Aug 7, 2014, 2:24 PM EST

From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

At last glance (Sunday), the two sides were “hectares” apart in their negotiations. Without knowing the financial part of the reported proposals on the table, it’s hard to say if there’s been any progress.

Johansen, a 22-year-old restricted free agent, is coming off his best season as a pro, in which he scored 33 goals with 30 assists in 82 games for the Blue Jackets.

In late June, Johansen told the Dispatch that the Jackets’ insistence on signing him to a bridge deal “seems like a slap in the face.”

And with no arbitration deadlines to meet, this negotiation could last all the way to training camp.

Obviously, both sides will be hoping it doesn’t go beyond that, a la P.K. Subban two seasons ago.

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