: Confirmed with Link:
Ryan Johansen staying in Columbus
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10-31-2011, 09:54 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Here's the problem - we don't have a crystal ball.
If the team has really turned a corner and is now going to climb out of the cellar and back into the playoff race; if Arniel is going to give him ample time in the top 6 (occasional drops to the 4th line are OK, but should not be the rule); and if the plan is to gradually increase his icetime as the year progresses...then he should stay.
If the axe is expected to fall on Arniel and Howson in short order, if the front office thinks the season is essentially done, and if he is not going to be given ample leash to grow and learn from his mistakes...then he should go back. I don't want him being part of a circus with changing coaches, changing GM's, play-out-the-string mentality, etc.
Because Howson has to believe that the Jackets are going to rebound (if they don't, he won't be here anyways), that is why Johansen will be told tomorrow he is staying. With a loss against Anaheim, I think Howson/Arniel would have been done and Johansen would already be back on the west coast.
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