While Nick Johnson waits to see if the lockout will end before his one-year, two-way deal with the Phoenix Coyotes does, he will play for the ECHL Idaho Steelheads, according to the Steelheads’ website.
Johnson had 26 points and 45 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Minnesota Wild last season. Before the 2011-12 campaign, he had participated in just 10 NHL contests.
The ECHL is turning into a popular destination for locked-out NHLers who want to get some playing time without leaving the continent.
Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.
Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.
You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.
Here’s his second assist for good measure:
Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.
Phaneuf on the Ottawa crowd reaction: "It gave me chills."