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Backup plan: Isles sign Chad Johnson — two years, $2.6 million

Jul 1, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders are set in goal now.

Arthur Staple of New York Newsday reports the Isles have signed goalie Chad Johnson to be the backup to Jaroslav Halak this season. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the deal is worth $2.6 million.

Johnson, 28, spent last season with the Boston Bruins and provided solid backup work behind Tuukka Rask. In 27 games, he had a .925 save percentage and went 17-4-3.

With a goaltending tandem of Halak and Johnson on Long Island, the Isles seem solid in goal for the first time in a long time.

  1. RoseTintedVisor - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    GARF! GET ME A D. GET. ME. A. D.

    And I will be very happy.

  2. jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    great move. surely will see a drop off in save percentage with the islanders playing in front of him but he’s a good back-up for any team

  3. hockeysox161 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Love it! Hey, remember that time Chad Johnson knocked out Mike DiPietro in a goalie fight?

  4. bigx21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Not Chad Johnson who knocked out DiPietro dumba$$. It was Brent Johnson!!

  5. kaptaanamerica - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Islanders are suddenly solid in goal. if Halak falters Johnson is a solid backup to help carry the load. Islanders need a couple of D men to round things out…

    Prove the naysayers wrong Garf. I hope the Islanders stick it to all the haters.

  6. bigx21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    And it’s Rick DiPietro not Mike!! You don’t know $hit about hockey hockeysox161. Stay with your baseball!!!

  7. 34defense2014 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    D, D, D, yes we need a a veteran Dman, but the Isles D is not as awful as people are making sound! Oh, we just signed another D guy. De Hann when healthy is awesome, the Hammer is good! Hickey is soled I can keep going on! Why Boyle would sign with the Rags? They’re a year away from blowing that team up! Whatever! F him, he doesn’t want to play on the Island! We don’t want the old man anyways!!

    • thegloriouspast - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      You sound like a jealous ex-girlfriend.

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