Chad Johnson Returning to Buffalo
The Buffalo Sabres announced Saturday that they have signed Canadian goaltender Chad Johnson, 31, to a one year contract worth $2.5 Million. Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, spent two seasons with the Sabres between 2014 and 2016 before leaving for the Calgary Flames last season.
Chad Johnson signs with Sabres, 1 yr, $2.5 M
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2017
In his previous stint in Buffalo, Johnson posted a .920 overall save percentage and a .925 at 5-on-5 while spelling injured starter Robin Lehner. In Calgary he posted a .911 overall and a .916 at 5-on-5 in 37 games. (Stats from FirstLineStats.com.)
The signing reunites Johnson with Sabres goalie coach Andrew Allen, who joined the team in 2016. The pair developed a good working relationship that allowed Johnson to feel comfortable with the changes he was making and to take control of his own game. They worked at adding the reverse-VH, for instance, without forcing changes that weren’t working.
This contract does leave the Sabres with three goaltenders on one-way contracts: Johnson, Robin Lehner, and Linus Ullmark. Johnson will likely back up Lehner in the NHL while Ullmark, who is still exempt from waivers, gains experience with the AHL Rochester Americans.
The Flames, meanwhile, acquired Eddie Lack from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, filling out their NHL roster for the year.