Ryan Johansen Ill, Returns to Columbus During Road Trip

We’ve only had one game of John Tortorella on the Columbus Blue Jackets bench and Ryan Johansen has already had a tough go of things. He was removed from the top line before being benched in the third period of the team’s eighth straight loss on Thursday.

Now Johansen has fallen ill and took a commercial flight back to Columbus to get treatment while the team has three games left on their road trip, according to Shawn Mitchell at the Columbus Dispatch. At a minimum he will miss Saturday’s game against Colorado. The rest is unclear, since it’s possible he gets checked out and rejoins the team.

The team has been far from verbose on the situation. Mitchell reports that all GM Jarmo Kekalainen said was, “He’s not feeling well.” President John Davidson said, simply, “another curveball.”

This comes just a couple of days after the New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported that Tortorella told Johansen that he’s out of shape, a report that Tortorella denied on Saturday, saying he was in touch with former coach Todd Richards during camp and that conditioning was not a problem.

With everything that’s happening around this team at the moment, it’s not unreasonable to expect this situation to go under the microscope and fuel speculation that things haven’t started off with a bang between Tortorella and Johansen, the team’s star forward.

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