Why Ryan Johansen was beloved in Nashville is already apparent in Denver

DENVER, CO – There will be an emotional moment Monday night at Bridgestone Arena, both for the yellow-clad patrons and the guy whose memories of an eight-year run as one of their own will flash before him on the scoreboard.

Ryan Johansen will return to Smashville with the Colorado Avalanche, and the tribute video will likely be as meaningful to him as it will to the fans who adored him.

“During my time there, the fans were just incredible,” Johansen said. “They showed so much love toward the team, the players and the organization. It’s just a first-class organization that does a lot of tremendous things, not only within the rink but outside of that as well.”

Ryan Johansen exclusive: How the new second-line center feels about joining the Avalanche

DENVER, CO – Ryan Johansen was acquired by the Avalanche in June to shore up the center depth following Colorado’s early first-round exit from the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs. The veteran center, who had spent the past seven years in Nashville, was the first of a long list of additions the team made to its forward group.

After settling in for training camp and getting a preseason game under his belt, the 32-year-old sat down with me following a practice at Family Sports Center to discuss the move to Denver. Among other topics, he also touched on his relationship with Matt Duchene, his playoff experience in 2017, and the Cup-or-bust mentality the team has after failing to defend its championship last spring.

Avalanche acquires Ryan Johansen from Predators

DENVER, CO – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Ryan Johansen from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Alex Galchenyuk.

Johansen, 30, has recorded 555 points (189 goals, 366 assists) in 842 NHL games during his 12-year career with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound center has added 54 points (19g/35a) in 67 career playoff contests.

“Ryan is a talented, veteran center who helps our top six,” said Avalanche General Manager Chris MacFarland. “He gives us size in the middle of the ice and brings leadership and experience to our roster. We look forward to adding him to our team.”

First-ever hat trick latest feather in Ryan Johansen’s cap

NASHVILLE, TN – Count Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes among the many who were surprised it took Ryan Johansen 774 games to record his first-ever hat trick.

But as Johansen found himself with the puck behind the Minnesota Wild defense with nothing but an empty net in front of him with less than 10 seconds left in the final period Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena, the wait was finally over.

“You can see it on the bench, [Johansen] is the best teammate, he’s the greatest guy, so the whole bench was so excited for him,” Predators captain Roman Josi said. “He’s such an amazing team player. He brings it every night for us. He cares about his teammates.”

Johansen’s career game got him to the 20-goal mark for the first time since the 2014-15 season. It’s the third time in his 11-year career that he has scored 20 or more goals in a single season, and his first as a member of the Predators.

Ryan Johansen Nets First NHL Hat Trick as Predators defeat Wild to gain ground in Central Division

NASHVILLE, TN – Ryan Johansen scored his first NHL hat trick, Juuse Saros made 47 saves, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-2 at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Johansen gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 13:52 of the first period, redirecting a pass from Filip Forsberg at the top of the crease on the power play. He extended the lead to 3-1 at 19:03, redirecting a slap pass from Roman Josi for another power-play goal, and added an empty-net goal at 19:53 of the third for the 6-2 final.

“Yeah, awesome to get it in a big game, and at home here, too,” said Johansen, who was playing in his 774th NHL game. “It was really cool. It’s been a long time, so it was nice to get it.”

The Evolution of Ryan Johansen

NASHVILLE, TN –  The hockey world was stunned by a blockbuster trade in January of 2016 between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators.

Columbus, in the market for a defenceman, swapped star centre Ryan Johansen for talented blueliner Seth Jones. Nashville was the perfect trading partner – a team with a surplus of talented defencemen but a need for playmaking and attacking capabilities up front.

Johansen had only a few seasons under his belt at the time but he was already emerging as one of the league’s preeminent goal scorers. Johansen scored 33 goals in his 21-year-old season (2013-14), and then followed that up with 26 more goals in 2014-15. Only 12 skaters would end up scoring more goals than Johansen over that two-year interval. His assist rates were quality, but not nearly as impressive – his 75 total over that two-year stretch was 33rd best in the NHL. Adjusted for ice time, he was 43rd in the league.

Johansen brothers team up for charity, hope to go head-to-head on the ice soon

PORT MOODY, BC – Ryan and Lucas Johansen will hit the links this week to help raise some cash. Somewhere down the line, they’re bound to hit the rink with opposing agendas.

The Port Moody brothers have teamed up with the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation for the Ryan and Lucas Johansen Charity Golf Classic, which goes Tuesday at the Swan-e-set Golf and Country Club.

They are bound to be chasing each other around in the winters to come. Ryan, 25, is a front line centre with the Nashville Predators. Lucas, 20, is a defence prospect with the Washington Capitals. The Capitals did use the 28th overall choice in the 2016 NHL Draft to nab his rights, so it’s easy to suggest that the former Kelowna Rockets rearguard has a future with the big club.

Preds Forward Ryan Johansen Writes on Cheering on the Team During the Final, Raising a Banner Next Week

NASHVILLE – I stared at the ceiling as I lay in my hospital bed.

Was this really happening to me? Was it all over just like that?

Only minutes before, I was surrounded by screaming fans as my teammates and I tried to tie Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, and now I was surrounded by medical equipment in the hospital with a freakish thigh injury. Even just moments after it happened, I knew coming back to play at any point in the playoffs was probably not going to happen. I was done for the year.

Johansen signs eight-year, $64 million contract with Predators

NASHVILLE — Center Ryan Johansen signed an eight-year, $64 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Friday. It runs through the 2024-25 season and has an average annual value of $8 million.
“This is probably one of the best days of my life right now,” said Johansen, who turns 25 on Monday. “I’m just so thankful for my family and my brother and friends. They’ve done everything they can to guide me in the right direction and teach me and learn from.”