Since today’s game won’t have any lasting impact on either team (although San Jose can clinch the President’s Trophy today), and because I still have a lot to post, I’ll continue with the stuff from yesterday and hopefully get it all out there today.
Here’s the stuff from Jack Johnson, talking about going into the summer as a restricted free agent. Johnson, by the way, is still taking classes at the University of Michigan, and will do so again this summer. He’s a junior right now…
Question: There are some anxious fans out there, because technically you’re not under contract for next season. How are you approaching that? Would you like to get it done as soon as possible?
JOHNSON: “Well obviously it’s something that has to be talked about. We’ve done a lot of talking so far, and it’s something that I think is more up to the Kings than it is to me. I like playing here and I want to be here, but it’s more up to the guys upstairs than it is to me. I’m sure everything will work out for the best.”
Question: Kopitar and Brown signed long-term deals, and other guys prefer shorter deals. Do you have any preferences about that aspect of it?
JOHNSON: “Really, I haven’t thought a lot about it, to be honest with you. I’ll have to see what their thoughts are and see what their thoughts are. I’m sure once the season is over, we’ll start speaking a lot and I’m sure things will work out for the best.”