Brent Johnson Signs With Penguins

Dave NicholsSenior Analyst IJuly 22, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 16:  Brent Johnson #1 of the Washington Capitals makes a save against the New York Islanders during their game at the Nassau Coliseum at the Nassau Coliseum December 16, 2008 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Goalie Brent Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday. His departure from the Capitals all but ensures that Semyon Varlamov and Jose Theodore will enter camp as the Nos. 1 and 2 goaltenders on the depth chart, with Michael Neuvirth as insurance.

Johnson was 12-6-2 with a .908 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average in 2008-09 before suffering a hip injury.

Capitals Insider talked with Johnson after the deal was announced.

"I talked to [Penguins GM] Ray Shero, and it wasn't guaranteed, but I think I have the upper hand as long as I play the way I can play," Johnson said. "I'm planning on it. They wanted a guy with some NHL experience."

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