Phoenix Coyotes Sign Forward Nick Johnson to 1-Year Deal

Michael Jenkins@mikejenkins_99Contributor IIIJuly 12, 2012

Johnson celebrates a goal with the Wild last season
Johnson celebrates a goal with the Wild last seasonBruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Phoenix Coyotes signed winger Nick Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract this morning according to the team's official website. The team did not announce the contract amount, but according to CapGeek, the contract is worth $725,000 for this season.

The 26-year-old forward played for the Minnesota Wild last year where he collected career highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. He amassed eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points, with 45 penalty minutes in 77 games during the 2011-2012 season.

The 6’2," 210-pound Johnson has played in 87 career NHL games with Minnesota and Pittsburgh, recording 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points and 52 penalty minutes.

Johnson is a solid two-way player who will provide the Coyotes with some depth at the right wing position. Johnson joins new addition David Moss (Calgary) and last year’s leading goal scorer, Radim Vrbata, as the only true right-wingers on the squad.

This is a good signing as it adds a mature, physical and potential point-scoring third- or fourth-line forward to the roster.

In other team news, the Coyotes signed enforcer Joel Rechlicz yesterday. While the team did not announce the terms of his contract, it is reported that he will make $525,000 next season, according to CapGeek.