Jul 2, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT
Johnson was the first overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and looked great in his rookie season. However, Johnson missed his entire sophomore campaign due to a knee injury and his career has been rocky ever since. His 2009-10 comeback campaign went smoothly enough, but his offensive production has steadily declined to the point where he had just 26 points in 73 games last season.
Johnson has plenty of talent, but if the Avalanche are truly signing him to a four-to-five year deal, then they’re taking a significant risk. Of course, how much of a risk that will be is entirely dependent on the cap hit.
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