Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/4/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Ryan Johansen, drafted fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Two weeks ago, it was reported in this space that contract talks between the Blue Jackets and restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen had taken a major step forward. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, made a two-year contract proposal to Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, acknowledging that his client -- after a public protest -- was willing to accept a "bridge" contract. That left one hurdle between the player and the club: money. The two sides were believed to be at least $3 million apart per season on a two-year deal at that point, and it doesn't appear that much progress has been made. Asked this weekend if they were still far apart, one of the interested parties responded via text: "Hectares." For those metric users, that's 10,000 square meters. For non-metric users, that's 2.47 acres. For those non-math types, that's a big ol' gap. There are less than seven weeks before training camp begins on Sept. 18. Johansen has said he plans to return to Columbus in mid- to late August after spending the summer back home in British Columbia. There is plenty of time for the two sides to get a deal done, but the dance goes on. After caving on the his "term" demands -- Johansen initially wanted a four-year deal, calling a two- or three-year bridge contract a slap in the face -- one can surmise that Overhardt and Johansen are more dug-in on their salary demands.
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