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11-04-2010, 02:00 AM
Ziggy Stardust
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An interesting bit of news from Helene Elliott's latest article:,3289303.story
Johnson, who is eligible to become a restricted free agent after the season, is his own agent. Asked if he had begun talks on a new contract, he sounded like a veteran agent.

"It's personal stuff that I probably won't talk about," he said.
Hopefully that means that he will be more reasonable that a tough negotiating agent. If the Kings can sign JJ to a contract in the $4M to $4.5M ballpark, which is in range with other similar defensemen.

If you look at the top 20 dmen in the NHL, they all earn $5M or higher. The way JJ is playing this season, it is entirely reasonable and possible to expect him to be a top 20 defenseman in the NHL, thus, a contract paying him less than $5M can be viewed as more than fair market value.

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