Habs acquire Johnson from Phoenix

Wednesday, 12.07.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Habs acquire Johnson from Phoenix


Mike Johnson picked up 54 points in 80 games with Phoenix in 2005-06.

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MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the acquisition of forward Mike Johnson from the Phoenix Coyotes for the Canadiens' fourth round draft pick in 2007 as well as the trade of right-winger Richard Zednik to the Washington Capitals in return for the Capitals' third round draft pick in 2007.

Johnson, 31, ended the 2005-06 season, his ninth in the NHL, with a total of 54 points in 80 games (16 goals, 38 assists), 50 penalty minutes and a plus-7 rating. The native of Scarborough, Ontario, ranked second on the Coyotes in assists, fifth in goals, fourth in points and third in plus/minus. He ended the season with 11 multiple-point games and had a five-game point streak (one goal, seven assists), between March 25 and April 3.

"I know this is going to be much different from Phoenix and how passionate fans are in Montreal," said Johnson via conference call from his home in Toronto. "After having played for the Maple Leafs early in my career, I'm really excited to now be headed back to a hockey town.

"I'm looking forward to bringing what I always have to every team I've played for,"added Johnson. "I'm a two-way player who can help out on offense and play in any situation. I'm going to keep working hard at both ends of the rink and continue to be someone both coaches and teammates can count on."

The 6-foot-2, 201-pound right-winger, has played in 560 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, Lightning and the Coyotes over his nine-year NHL career. He recorded 116 goals and added 223 assists for a total of 339 points, with 267 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +32. He enjoyed his most productive season in 2002-03 with the Coyotes when he piled up 63 points, including 23 goals, in 82 games.

During his five seasons with the Canadiens, Zednik scored 98 goals and added 85 assists for a total of 183 points in 322 games.