NHL notes: Jack Johnson slams owners
|Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tangles with Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., March 14, 2012. (DAN RIEDLHUBER/Reuters)
Add Jack Johnson's voice to the chorus of owner-bashing players.
The Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman posted his thoughts about the NHL lockout on his own website Sunday, ripping the league and team owners in a piece titled "Where it the honor?" He's the latest NHLer to take pot shots for the way players are being treated during the lockout.
"The concept that the owners are trying to dismantle existing contracts that they in good faith offered, signed, and committed to is appalling, unprofessional and disgraceful," Johnson wrote. "I negotiated my own contract, without an agent, with the confidence and belief that the owner offering me that contract operated by the same convictions and principals as I do. During the summer, the players offered to play through negotiations and the owners locked us out.
"We want to play hockey! Where is the honor? I'm ready to play and uphold my end of the deal!"
GOALIES LOOK FOR WORK
All-star goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Miller of the Buffal Sabres could soon try to land gigs with European teams.
Neither has been playing overseas during the lockout but that could soon change as the dispute drags on. Fleury has played in charity games in Quebec but Miller has been inactive.
"I'm starting to think about (playing in Europe)," Fleury told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
So, too, is Miller.
"If a team needs a goalie, I need to start considering it," Miller told ESPN.
Many European goalies have found temporary work in European leagues but few North Americans have made the trek across the pond. Jonathan Bernier of the L.A. Kings and Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanderrs signed with a team in Germany earlier this month but most are staying close to home.
Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets signed with EHC Red Bull Munchen of the German Elite League and is expected to join the team on Thursday. Wheeler had 17 goals and 47 assists for the Jets last season ... Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek has signed with HC Mountfield in his native Czech Republic. Michalek, a 35-goal scorer last season, is the seventh Ottawa skater to head overseas during the lockout.