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Blue Jackets target Johansen as top priority

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are working on a new contract for center Ryan Johansen as the team's top priority during the offseason.

Johansen, the fourth pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, led the team with 33 goals and 63 points. He can become a restricted free agent this summer.

"It's important that we get him signed, and I believe we will," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the Columbus Dispatch. "We're starting to get prepared (internally) for what it might take. The pluses are big and the minuses are few. He's a big part of our future and it's a big priority that we get him signed."

Johansen, 21, had two goals and four assists in six Stanley Cup playoff games. In parts of two previous NHL seasons, he had 14 goals in 107 games.
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