My take from the Dome as a fast start and another impressive outing from Chad Johnson resulted in a 3-0 #Flames win. https://t.co/zeqYAxrw88 pic.twitter.com/92nhe5uTw7— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) December 1, 2016
Eight Notes on a Sizzling-Hot Chad Johnson
With his sixth NHL organization in the last six years, Chad Johnson entered the season with four shutouts. He has three in the last 16 days.— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) December 1, 2016
Last Flames goalie not named Kiprusoff to record three shutouts in a season was Roman Turek (4) in 2003-04.
- Rinne NSH - 9-1-2, 1.49 GAA, .949 SV%, 1 SO
- Price MTL - 8-2-1, 1.81 GAA, .944 SV%, 2 SO
- Johnson CGY - 7-3-0, 1.80 GAA, .939 SV%, 3 SO
- 25th with 13 starts (Talbot, 22)
- 26th with 785:24 minutes played (Talbot, 1290:25)
- 16th with 8 wins (Price, 13)
- 12th with .654 winning pct (Price, .844)
- 2nd in shutouts (Dubnyk, 4)
- 10th with 2.06 GAA (Rask, 1.64)
- 10th with .930 SV% (Price, .947)
- 10th with .938 even-strength SV% (Price, .958)
Focus in on the period starting November 15 and he has been elite:
- 1st with 8 starts (eight tied at 7)
- 1st with 478:39 minutes played (next is Mason, 425:18)
- 1st with 6 wins (tied with Allen)
- 1st with 3 shutouts (next is Hellebuyck, 2)
- 1st with 1.50 GAA (next is Ward, 1.59)
- 1st with .951 SV% (next is Luongo, .949)
- 4th with .950 even-strength SV% (Luongo, .960)
That's pretty impressive stuff and for skeptics, that's a 49-game sample size too. Not bad. Plus, with the Buffalo Sabres and now the Flames, he's hardly doing it while playing behind an ironclad blueline.
Since signing his entry-level contract on July 18, 2009, after completing four full seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Johnson has had nothing but short-term deals. Here's the year-to-year breakdown of his NHL annual average value over his career:
- 2009-10 - $850K on 1st of 2-year deal, signed by NY Rangers
- 2010-11 - $850K on 2nd of 2-year deal
- 2011-12 - $525K on 1-year deal, re-signed by NY Rangers
- 2012-13 - $600K on 1-year deal, signed by Arizona
- 2013-14 - $600K on 1-year deal, signed by Boston
- 2014-15 - $1.3M on 1st of 2-year deal, signed by NY Islanders
- 2015-16 - $1.3M on 2nd of 2-year deal
- 2016-17 - $1.7M on 1-year deal, signed by Calgary
Is Calgary, the same city he grew up in and played his minor hockey, finally a place where the Bow Valley minor hockey association grad can hang up his jacket and stay a while? Sure looks like it.
It's been fun to watch and for a guy labelled a career back-up, who has had to fight through that, all the credit to him.
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Recent Flames Reading:
- Eight From 80 Feet: Weekend Round-Up of Flames Thoughts and Did-You-Knows - Chad Johnson's 13 months of excellence, Calgary's offensive woes, how to proceed with Mark Jankowski, improved puck management and other random musings. (November 26, 2015)
- Q1 Awards: Best and Worst Performances From the First Quarter of the Season - Through 21 games, a look back at the best and worst performances of the season so far. Best player, most disappointing, positive/negative storylines, best goals, etc. (November, 23, 2016)
- Where's Fro, Yo? Gulutzan's Perplexing Refusal To Play His Top Scorer on PP - Michael Frolik has been Calgary's best player, No. 1 goal scorer, leading point producer and top forward in shots on goal -- and he is not on the NHL's worst power play. (November 19, 2016)
- Wild Honour Gaudreau with 21-Slash Salute - With albeit a wider scope of severity than Brad Treliving (who had 11 slashes), a look at Minnesota's 21-slash salute to Johnny Gaudreau and the flaws in how the NHL applies its rule book. (November 16, 2016)