By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 1st, 2014
New York Islanders Sign Chad Johnson
On the first day of free agency for the NHL, New York Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow wasted no time getting in on the action by signing his back-up goalie in Chad Johnson. The deal is for two years with Johnson earning 2.6 million dollars.
Last season, Johnson was one of, of not the best back-up Goalie in the entire league, as with the Boston Bruins he went 17-4-3 with a 2.10 GAA, and a .925 save percentage backing up Tuukka Rask.
Johnson will be an excellent back-up for Jaroslav Havlak, who Snow acquired for a fourth-round draft pick, and then signed to a four-year 18 million dollar deal. Goaltending and defense was an issue for the Islanders last season, and so far Snow is doing a very nice job of trying to sure that up for the upcoming season.