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The financial impact of the Johansen trade

Ryan Johansen is going to be due a very big contract in the relatively near future. Jamie Sabau/NHLI/Getty Images

One more thought on the Seth Jones and Ryan Johansen trade before we give it the proper time needed to truly evaluate its on-ice impact: This deal was also about finances.

The clock is ticking right now on Johansen's getting a monster contract, and the Blue Jackets were simply running out of time to decide if they truly wanted to give him the money he’s going to get in his next deal.