Relations appear to be strained between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen after the 21-year-old center characterized the club's most recent contract offer as a "slap in the face."

The former first-round draft choice (4th overall, 2010 NHL draft) is coming off an outstanding 33-goal season and was an integral part of the Blue Jackets' surprising playoff run.

He is also coming off his three-year, entry-level contract, and is looking for a new deal that would keep him in Columbus long term, though the Blue Jackets seem intent to sign him to a two- or three-year "bridge" contract instead.

Johansen is not pleased.

"I've earned more than a two- or three-year deal with my play," Johansen told the Columbus Dispatch. "It seems a little disrespectful, to be honest. I want to play in Columbus, and I want to be a Blue Jacket, but I want to get this done. It seems like a slap in the face."

Johansen's camp, including agent Kurt Overhardt, met with Blue Jackets assistant general manager Bill Zito at the draft this weekend in Philadelphia, but that meeting has not yielded progress.