Ryan Johansen's lackluster effort during the first two periods of the Columbus Blue Jackets' Tuesday game earned him a seat on the bench for that game's final stanza, and it now seems to have earned him a night in the press box. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch reported early Thursday that Johansen would be a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets' game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Per Portzline, Johansen's going to be getting a refresher course on just what it is the Jackets are looking to see out of him. But Tortorella did his best to make it clear that this wasn't a punishment.

As for Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, who was said to be "testing" Johansen's value on the trade market in early Dec., he is said to "fully support" Tortorella's decision.

Johansen, a former first-round pick and far and away the most talented player offensively on the Jackets roster, has struggled this season after signing a three-year deal last year. He's faced questions of his conditioning and general preparedness, seemingly on a nightly basis, and recent rumors and reports have centered on his potentially being dealt this season.

A report from earlier in the year suggested that Kekalainen was already concerned with what Johansen and agent Kurt Overhardt would be seeking on his next deal and, combined with his downturn in play this season, it makes sense then that some teams around the league now believe that Johansen will be dealt this season, as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman suggested.

If Johansen can "reset" as Torts intimated and reacquire his once-dominant form, Kekalainen would likely be all-too-happy to haggle over a new contract for his No. 1 center in a season's time. But if the issues continue and Johansen falls farther out of favor with Tortorella and the Jackets GM, it really wouldn't be surprising to see him end up elsewhere ahead of Feb. 29.