by professor ggrib
Today is August 19, 2014. At this time RFA Ryan Johansen has not been signed. Despite assurances from the Blue Jackets and the RFA status, Ryan is still in limbo. The main problem of course is last season’s stellar performance vs the prior years benching in the AFL’s playoff. Was last season an outflyer? That’s the question. Actually it’s the several million dollar question. That’s the reported difference between a contract and not a contract.
I’m not going to rehash the stupidity of signing/not signing scenarios. I do believe he will be signed. The point I wish to belabor a bit is …………………and then what.
Maybe it’s a bit of oversimplification, but I think a players performance is dependent upon 2 major things… Physical conditioning and mental conditioning. Without both a player, particularly a young player is not going to perform to the best of his ability.
Hockey players seem to report to training camp in pretty good conditioning. They work out during the off season and maintain most of their physical abilities. I’m going to hope that Joey and his agent have made sure that he has done that. But again, it’s tough not to be an official part of the organization and maintain the physical standards as recommended by the “other people”.
The mental part is my biggest concern. As a player not under contract, he has not been a part of the informal player connection in Columbus. Although many players fly in and out of Columbus commuting with their homes, Ryan had not been a part of the teamworking network of the off season. This disconnect for a young player worries me. It’s been too long.
I hope I’m wrong, but I will be surprised if Johansen has the same level of play as he showed last year. Is he does, then he has truly matured. If he does not………..well.