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Johansen illness not heart-related, agent says: report

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Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen's undisclosed illness is not related to an accelerated heart rate that hospitalized him at least once during the offseason, his agent told The Columbus Dispatch on Monday.

Johansen, 23, did not play Saturday in a 4-3 victory at the Colorado Avalanche or practice with the team Monday. Coach John Tortorella listed him as day-to-day and the Dispatch reported he won't play Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

"It's nothing with his heart; he's just not feeling well and we're trying to figure out why," Kurt Overhardt, Johansen's agent, told the Dispatch. "His energy level has been down. There's no alarm here. We want to do the right thing and make sure he's 100 percent when he's on the ice."

Johansen became ill Saturday morning and was returned home for treatment. The Dispatch reported Monday that Johansen was hospitalized at least once during the offseason with an accelerated heart rate, but that general manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed Johansen's current illness is not heart-related.

"I was with the team brass over the weekend (in Denver) and we had a good conversation and we're together on this," Overhardt said.

Johansen, who leads the team with six points (one goal, five assists), was benched by Tortorella in the final 6:10 of a 3-2 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 22.

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