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02-06-2013, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Intoewsables View Post

Where do we fit him in? In all likelihood, he ends up playing for Chicago and we're giving up key parts of our roster to acquire him. As intriguing as Johansen's upside may be, it doesn't make much sense for a contending team like us to make a deal like that now.

From Columbus' POV, he's only 20 years old. The Blue Jackets aren't going to give him away for a "decent roster player". They're much better off seeing what they have in him than dealing him off now.
Johansen could slot in the 3rd line C spot. His upside is higher than any of our current prospects or guys on the roster, including Kassian.

Doubtful they'd give him up and giving up non core assets (Sedins, Kes, Edler, Hamhuis, Bieksa, Kass) wouldnt impact this team great.

I have no doubt in my mind that he could bring more to that bottom 6 than anyone not named Hansen.

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