Aaron Johnson Has An AHL Deal

A bit of news broken today by our colleague Pat Steinberg, via his Twitter.

Johnson is in town on a professional try-out (PTO), but apparently he has inked a fall-back deal that will see him stick with the organization regardless.

Johnson, 32, is a native of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia – the town on the very southwestern corner of Cape Breton right across from Antigonish, for the curious. He’s played 291 NHL games between Columbus, the NY Islanders, Chicago, Calgary, Edmonton and Boston, but injuries have slowed his career down a bit. He’s best known around these parts as part of the first-ever Flames/Oilers trade in March 2010 that saw Steve Staios join the Flames.

He played just 13 games in 2012-13, but he’s a veteran player and could provide some nice leadership for Stockton this season. Because of the AHL’s development rule, it’s unlikely he’ll take ice-time away from a young player that needs to develop, so there’s little downside to this deal.

By my recollection, he joins Louick Marcotte, Mitchell Heard, Michael Kirkpatrick, Ryan Lomberg, Blair Riley, Dustin Stevenson and Kent Simpson as players with AHL deals for this coming season.

    • Cfan in Vic

      So you are saying we don’t need a veteran presence in Stockton? I disagree, the organization needs to somehow fill out 3 rosters and each roster needs veterans to help the kids adjust to the pro game.

  • RexLibris

    I’d like to be the first to recommend a Ference for Johnson trade.

    Oilers will even take another conditional 3rd rounder, if that helps.

    Just kidding…kind of.

  • RexLibris

    For those interested, Oilers released likely roster for tomorrow night’s split-squad game.

    In Edmonton:

    Hall-McDavid-Purcell
    Draisaitl-Lander-Yakupov
    Hamilton-Miller-Pitlick
    Kessy-Platzer-Ford

    Sekera-Fayne
    Ference-Nikitin
    Hunt-Davidson

    Scrivens
    Nilsson

    In Calgary:

    Pouliot-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle
    Hendricks-Letestu-Korpikoski
    Klinkhammer-Yakimov-Slepyshev
    Gazdic-Khaira-Pakarinen

    Klefbom-Schultz
    Reinhart-Gryba
    Nurse-Musil

    Talbot
    Brossoit

    Flames roster is listed here: http://flames.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=779865

      • RexLibris

        The Oilers’ rosters are pretty evenly split with the regular season 1st line going to Calgary and the likely regular season 2nd and 3rd lines staying home.

        The defense is evenly divided and the goaltending as well.

        The Flames’ roster looks very unbalanced in favour of the home crowd, which is fine for the fans.

        I think the onus is on the Oilers here because they are playing a weaker squad in Calgary and that 1st line will be hard-pressed to win against what is almost a complete NHL lineup.

        Meanwhile, the Flames’ roster in Edmonton is such that it will be incumbent on the Oilers not to take the opposition lightly, but play a complete game.

        The biggest thing I’m looking for from both sides is the depth and deployment from the Flames and the systems and response from the Oilers under McLellan.

  • everton fc

    This is a smart move, but should make the likes of Seiloff a bit nervous.

    With the AHL contract, if we got hit w/injuries, he couldn’t be recalled, could he?