Johnson Signs With Penguins

Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | , , | 0 comments »

Goalie Brent Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday. His departure from the Capitals all but ensures that Semyon Varlamov and Jose Theodore will enter camp as the Nos. 1 and 2 goaltenders on the depth chart, with Michael Neuvirth as insurance.

Johnson was 12-6-2 with a .908 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average in 2008-09 before suffering a hip injury.

Capitals Insider talked with Johnson after the deal was announced.

"I talked to [Penguins GM] Ray Shero, and it wasn't guaranteed, but I think I have the upper hand as long as I play the way I can play," Johnson said. "I'm planning on it. They wanted a guy with some NHL experience."

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