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UFA of the Day: Chad Johnson

Jun 24, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT

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Check PHT each weekday for the first four weeks of June for a new pending unrestricted free agent of the day. Today’s UFA of the Day is…

Chad Johnson

With Boston’s signing of Niklas Svedberg, Johnson’s time as Bruin is effectively over. The 28-year-old is coming off a solid season (17-4-3, .925) as Tuukka Rask‘s backup, but will now have to join a crowded group of UFA goalies, all looking for a limited number of spots.

“I am excited for the next opportunity to prove more and more,” said Johnson in an email to CSN New England. “I love to win, and be a part of a winning environment. I obviously would love to be able to help a team win a lot of hockey games. I am looking for a chance to really have an important role with a team.”

Ideally, Johnson would like to be in a situation where he could at least challenge for the starting job. The Washington Capitals are looking for a backup to Braden Holtby, who still has a few things to prove. The Jets don’t yet have a backup for Ondrej Pavelec, the subject of intense scrutiny in Winnipeg. Calgary is perhaps another option. Maybe Dallas, too.

The challenge for Johnson, or should we say for his agent, will be convincing a team that he’s a better option than Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Thomas Greiss, Justin Peters, Tim Thomas, Ray Emery, and the list goes on. Because despite Johnson’s solid 2013-14, he’s only had one real season in the NHL. And besides a few appearances versus the Kings, his game log isn’t exactly loaded with top-quality opponents. Plus, he had the luxury of playing behind the Bruins’ defense.

  1. hockeyornothing - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Good luck Chad. Go get ‘em!
    Shouldn’t be impossible. Pretty sure you can beat out Emery Hedberg and a few others. Maybe think west young man.

  2. billiam55 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    go to the wild.

  3. nhstateline - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Mr. Johnson did a nice job for the Bruins last year and the Portland Pirates the year before. It would be great to see him get a shot at a starting job in the NHL. He’s probably at the point where he could start a lot of games and with a nice cap hit.

  4. nj666 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    he should rock the number 85

  5. sixchr - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    He’s a decent backup. Just be warned whoever gets him, you could skate around the entire rink in the time it takes him to slide from post to post.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    For all intensive purposes the Winnipeg Jets do have a backup in Michael Hutchinson. This allows Connor Hellybuck to be the starter in St. John’s next year as well.
    Chad Johnson looks like a fan young backup tho that could challenge to start on a lot of teams

    • orangandblack - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Perhaps you mean “for all intents and purposes”

  7. 34defense2014 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Come to the Island young Man! You’ll love the Suburbs!!

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