The Penguins have inked forward Nick Johnson to a one-year two-way pact with the team…
The Penguins have signed their first free agent of the summer. Forward Nick Johnson, who missed the final 23 games of the season and playoffs with a concussion, signed a one-year two-way deal with the team that will pay him $550,000 at the NHL level. The Calgary, Alberta native notched 3-points (1G-2A) in four games with the Penguins last season.
Johnson (6-foot-2, 196 pounds) spent the majority of the year with Pittsburgh’s top-minor league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. He posted 20 goals, 39 points, 10 power-play goals and a plus-12 rating in 48 games with WBS.
Johnson, Pittsburgh’s third-round pick (67th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has played 10 games with Pittsburgh in his career, notching two goals and five points. He’s played three-plus seasons with WBS after turning pro in 2007-08. He’s totaled 50 goals, 94 points and a plus-46 rating in 169 career games with WBS, adding 15 postseason points (8G-7A) in 26 contests.