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UFA Forward Johnson Signs 1 Year Deal

The Penguins have announced Nick Johnson, who was on schedule to become an Unrestricted Free agent on July 1st, has signed a 1 year, two way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.

Well one down, a bunch more to go.  The Penguins now have 9 NHL caliber forwards on the roster for next year.  That definition honestly has to be stretched wide to cover Johnson who played only 4 games at the NHL level last season before having it ended by concussion.  The figure of $550,000 at the NHL level will add to the Craig Adams negotiations.  It has been widely speculated that Adams is looking for a raise and Johnson just signed for more than what Adams made last year.  

I won’t count this deal against the Pens cap as it is two ways Johnson would likely find his way back to Wilkes-Barre once deals with other forwards are done.  When the salary cap goes up as expected in the next few weeks it will change the landscape for negotiations with the remaining UFAs before July 1st.   With the earlier announcement from Ray Shero that the Penguins would be pursuing Mike Comrie or Alex Kovalev, here is the list of who is still out there looking to be dealt with.

  • Craig Adams
  • Mike Rupp
  • Maxime Talbot
  • Arron Asham
  • Pascal Dupuis
  • Eric Godard
  • Chris Conner
The Pens also still have outstanding Restricted Free Agents in Tyler Kennedy and Dustin Jeffrey.
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Written by ozman51

June 4, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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