The IceHogs signed Ryan Johnson to a PTO about a week ago and yesterday, the Hawks officially signed him to a 2-way, pro-rated salary for the league minimum. Johnson only played one game for the Hogs and was a -1.
The 34 year-old veteran plays both wing and center. He played for the Vancouver Canucks for the last two seasons and a few others before that. He’s hardly someone worth getting excited about. Quite frankly, it’s another curious move made by the Blackhawks. Ryan Potulny and Jeff Taffe do the same thing and carry the same cap hit as Johnson just without that sexy ‘veteran’ label.
If they can’t trust either of those two with the big club, then how exactly did the scouting staff sell those two moves to Hawk brass this summer when they traded for one and signed the other? Strange days are, indeed, here.