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“I definitely want him to say, at the end of the day, ‘Wow, why did I trade Erik Johnson? Don’t get me wrong, they got two great players over there. Shattenkirk and Stewart are both great players. But at the end of the day, I want to make Doug Armstrong regret trading me.”
-Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche talking about Blues GM Doug Armstrong. The two teams meet tonight. More from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.
Gets the rebound off of Conklin’s pads, tries to clear, but…
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues defenseman Erik Johnson has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the club, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.
An announcement on Johnson’s extension could be made by the club later today.
Johnson, 22, had been a restricted free agent who was not allowed to receive offer sheets because he missed the entire 2008-09 season with a knee injury.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Erik Johnson to a two-year contract.
“We’re excited that we have reached a deal with Erik and now we can put our focus on the upcoming season,” said Armstrong. “Erik is a key contributor to the group and we are confident he will build on the success he had in the 2009-10 season.”
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
Playing before an overflow crowd of more than 1,000 at St. Louis Mills on Wednesday at the team’s pro orientation camp, (Erik) Johnson gave fans a sneak preview of what they can look forward to in 2009-10.
He’s bigger and stronger, having added 10 pounds onto his 6-foot-4 frame. So now he’s back on the ice with rookies, prospects and tryout hopefuls trying to regain the form that made him the first overall pick in the 2006 draft.
“It’s part of my journey I guess, to hopefully becoming an elite NHL player and an elite NHL defenseman,” Johnson said. “I’m having a lot of fun. Not that I can say I expected to be back here, but I feel fortunate to be back here, being a leader and a mentor to some of the younger guys and also getting some quality ice time for myself.”
He also had no negatives to report on his surgically repaired right knee following Wednesday’s practice session.
“I know there’s a lot of people this is going to bother, obviously. But you can’t let it stop you in your tracks. This is a good organization that’s going to work hard to overcome something like this.
“We’re not going to sit there and feel sorry for ourselves ... it doesn’t make any sense. If you feel sorry for yourselves, where do you get yourselves? We’re not going to do that. We’re going to go forward.”
-Blues President John Davidson on the year-ending injury to Erik Johnson. More on the Blues at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch….
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues defenseman Erik Johnson has a torn ACL in his right knee and will undergo surgery in a couple of weeks, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
Johnson, 20, is expected to be sidelined six to nine months after injuring his knee in a golf-cart incident last week at the Lake of the Ozarks.
via the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Erik Johnson injured his right knee in a non-hockey related incident and will be sidelined for the first three days of training camp.
Johnson will be re-evaluated over the weekend and his status will be updated prior to Tuesday’s preseason game with the Dallas Stars.
One of many complaints that casual sports fans have about hockey is that there are too many “foreigners” in our league. Which, by the way, is utter bunk because they support the NBA’s European and Asian outreach, and the Major Leagues are now making Hispanic players the norm.
But, they do have a point. The NFL, a league with 99.9999999% Americans in it, is the man in the United States right now. The NHL needs some new and talented red, white and blue blood.
From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Rookie defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the Blues’ home opener tonight with a hairline fracture in his right foot.
Johnson, 19, suffered the injury in the season opener at Phoenix on Oct. 4. An X-ray taken after the game did not reveal the fracture. He played in the Blues’ second game two nights later at Los Angeles and scored the game-winning goal.
“I took a (shot) off the foot in the Phoenix game, and didn’t really notice any pain in the Los Angeles game or any practices until yesterday,” Johnson said this morning.
An X-ray taken Tuesday revealed the hairline fracture.
from the News-Democrat,
While his progress has been watched intensely by Blues fans since being selected first overall in the 2006 draft, the 19-year-old Johnson tries to let others worry about things he can’t control.
“I’m not a guy that really puts pressure on myself too much,” he said. “I feel really good out there, I haven’t been nervous at all. I’ve been happy with how I’ve been playing and I’ve really been trying to keep things simple, so that’s helping me out a lot.”
Johnson is staying at the former Blues star’s family home in St. Louis, following a recent trend that saw Blues winger David Backes living with Keith Tkachuk for a time last season and Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby once sharing a house with Mario Lemieux.
“I usually talk to him a little bit every day, he’s a great guy to have around and he’s a great mentor,” Johnson said of MacInnis, now a Blues vice president. “It’s good because you get home-cooked meals and you don’t have to pay rent, so that’s nice.”