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07-02-2008, 12:47 AM
Drop the Sopel
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Originally Posted by King Ryan View Post
Echoing a lot of others, this is a good kind of under-the-radar signing. Our team was brutal at faceoffs last year and having a guy that can get you the puck off the draw is a huge advantage.
The only knock I keep hearing is the pricetag. Some people think $1.2mil for a 4th line player is too much. The thing with Johnson is he isn't your typical 4th liner. Johnson will get limited 4th line time but also probably close to 4 minutes a night on the PK as well. Ryan's played a fair bit on the wing so I would imagine late in games when the 4th line gets benched we'll see Johnson play with Burrows and Kesler in a shut down role. It never hurts having 2 quality faceoff men on the ice late in games.

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