Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/10/12 at 11:34 AM ET
from Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch,
Johnson is no Jeremy Lin. He plays for a last-place team in Columbus. David Letterman’s people are not on line 2.
But there is no denying the minor mania that has followed his arrival after he was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings last month for center Jeff Carter.
On Thursday, when Johnson got the winning goal against Carter and the Kings to push the Blue Jackets’ winning streak to four games, a Nationwide Arena crowd erupted as it has so few times during the most trying season in franchise history.
But to get excited about Johnson is to get excited about the future. Johnson, a former U.S. Olympian, is under contract through 2018.
“He’s energized,” goaltender Curtis Sanford said. “He wants to be here. Columbus is a great market to play in and I love playing here, but he’s really shown what it means to him to play here, and that’s rubbing off on other guys.”
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