Veteran free-agent Mike Johnson is in camp on a tryout basis and skated in practice Sunday with the Blues. The 32-year-old right winger had 11 goals and 31 points in 80 games with Montreal last season.
"We certainly need to show him the right level of respect and we need to evaluate him in some games," Murray said.
Johnson's best season was in 2002-03 with Phoenix, when he netted 23 goals and 63 points. He has 127 goals and 370 points in 640 NHL games.
I guess you're already leading the league in Johnsons. But really, with the situation he's in, whoever signs him will probably be getting a bargain. The good thing with him is that he can take any job you give him. If it's with the Mayers/RJ types on a checking line, he'll step in and do it well. If Rucinsky or somebody gets hurt in somewhat more of a scoring role, he can step in there. And if you end up with too many players, well, somewhere along the line some team is going to need help, and having a bargain-salaried Johnson available might draw you a pick or something you wouldn't otherwise have had the opportunity to get.
Mike Johnson is still expected to sign a contract with the Blues, but it may not happen until tomorrow. Sources said that Johnson will likely be with the team Thursday in Phoenix after the sides iron out a one-year contract.