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07-13-2006, 12:19 PM
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Greg Johnson

Rumours are Greg Johnson might become a Sens

http://www.ottawasun.com/Sports/Sena...81966-sun.html

If you can give me some info on this guy, it would be appreciated.

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Rumours are Greg Johnson might become a Sens

http://www.ottawasun.com/Sports/Sena...81966-sun.html

If you can give me some info on this guy, it would be appreciated.
not as fast as he used to be past his prime for what he brings to the table (his speed WAS an asset - pre lockout) ... have fun

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not as fast as he used to be past his prime for what he brings to the table (his speed WAS an asset - pre lockout) ... have fun
Oh great, keep him then

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Oh great, keep him then

Actually he is a great penalty killer. He led the team in short-handed goals last year and we were in the box A LOT.

Greg is a good 3rd or 4th line grinder. You will find a lot of people on this board who hated him because he was "slow".

I think you would be getting a quality guy.

But what do I know .... I'm just an OLD Southern female who happens to like hockey and thinks that slow doesn't have to be a bad thing.

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Greg is a great team guy who will win you faceoffs and is a really solid PKer. His offensive skills have faded rapidly over the past few years as the Preds moved him to a more 3rd line role. He has good speed; it is no longer great. But he's injury prone and has no grit whatsoever. He's just as likely to kiss an opposing player as he is to hit him (read: not likely).

I think he's a serviceable 3rd/4th line center who should get the league minimum. He's really not shown the skill be a 3rd line center in the new NHL where the good teams seem to roll 3 scoring lines. But he's doesn't possess the higher energy, physical style that you normally like from your 4th liner.

I'd expect Ottawa to sign him for the league minimum, and he'll have a role similar to that of Rem Murray's in Edmonton this past season (when he was on the big squad). Though I would expect him to have more time on the PK than Rem did.

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one other thing I'd like to mention is that oddly Johnson rarely misses a breakaway...not that he gets them much anymore...but still.

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one other thing I'd like to mention is that oddly Johnson rarely misses a breakaway...not that he gets them much anymore...but still.
But any other time he has the puck in close, he's sure to miss. In fact, I was talking to Triggr a few years back and I'm pretty sure we called hard wristers into the goalies chest "Greg Johnsoning it."

He was solid on breakaways, but if he shot on a 2 on 1, all the goalie had to do was make sure he was centered and his logo would eat up the puck.

Johnson was a wonderful person and a good team guy, but there's a reason we didn't keep him on despite having a need for a 3rd line center and the fact that he had no bargaining power.

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all the goalie had to do was make sure he was centered and his logo would eat up the puck.
Sounds like him and Smolinksi had the same training.

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Sounds like him and Smolinksi had the same training.
In some ways, they're similar players, but if I were to compare Johnson to a recent Sen, it'd be Todd White.

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at the league minimum, he'd be a great pickup for his PK work as stated.

I think you would be pleased to have him.

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Has a little bit of a knack to score short-handed. Could be because of who was around him, but still.

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