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Erik Johnson | Defenseman

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 232
College: Minnesota
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Erik Johnson wasn't punished for his hit on Erik Haula, but he did have some stern words for the Minnesota forward on Sunday.
"I expect Haula to be up for an Academy Award," he said. "They're trying to get embellishment out of the freaking league. And it wasn't a vicious hit." Johnson was assessed five minutes for elbowing and he got a game misconduct. Haula said afterward that Johhnson caught him with his hand. Oct 13 - 9:42 AM
Source: Denver Post

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If it wasn't for an unbelievable insipirational play by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson the Avalanche would be down one game to the Wild.

With time winding down in Thursday's opening game of the playoffs between the Avs and the Wild and with Minnesota leading 4-3 and the Colorado net empty for an extra attacker, Johnson raced back and swatted the puck out of the crease and then crashed into the goalpost saving a sure empty-net goal. The play rallied his teammates, and specifically Paul Stastny, who scored the tying and then the winning goal in overtime.
Apr 18 - 12:40 PM

Erik Johnson scored a goal and registered an assist in Colorado's 4-1 win over Edmonton Tuesday night.

Johnson now has nine goals and 29 assists in 77 games this season. Paul Stastny, Tyson Barrie and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche, while rookie Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O'Reilly both added two helpers in the victory.
Apr 9 - 2:38 AM

Although Erik Johnson hasn't lived up to expectations for most of his career, he's been great in 2013-14.

Johnson was taken with the first overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, but he's had several disappointing campaigns since then. This hasn't been one of them as he's recorded 36 points while averaging 23:01 minutes per game with the Avalanche. "Maybe it took it a little longer than I expected to mature and really hit my stride and become the player I knew I could be. Sometimes that's just how it goes," Johnson said. "I'm just happy that the time has kind of arrived for me and it's fun playing the way I'm playing. Playing for a winning team, most important, is the most fun. I just want to continue on."
Source: Denver Post
Apr 5 - 9:22 AM

Erik Johnson could face NHL discipline for shoving his stick in the Ducks' Mathieu Perreault's face Friday night.

Johnson is a repeat offender as he was suspended for two games earlier this season for another infraction. We will pass on any further information once we have it.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 15 - 12:20 PM

Erik Johnson pitched in his second three-assist game of the season, helping the Avs topple the Hawks 4-2 on Tuesday night.

The 25 year-old now is having a solid year, albeit inconsistent so far but has a shot at reaching some career highs in offensive categories. The blueliner has eight goals and 28 points through 60 games this season.
Mar 4 - 10:37 PM

Erik Johnson netted the game-winning goal in Sunday's 6-3 triumph over Tampa Bay.

He didn't have a goal in 31 games during the lockout-shortened season, but he has eight markers in 59 matches this campaign. Johnson was playing in his first game back from a two-game suspension.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 3 - 11:45 AM

Erik Johnson is eligible to return from his two-game suspension.

He should be back in Colorado's lineup on Sunday night against Tampa Bay. Johnson was banned for a pair of games for a slash on New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen. get him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Mar 1 - 3:30 PM

Erik Johnson has received a two-game suspension for slashing the Islanders' Frans Nielsen on Saturday.

Nielsen has a broken bone in his hand as a result of Johnson's two-handed slash. The timing of this suspension in particularly inopportune for Johnson because he was already set to go two and a half weeks without playing because of the Olympic break. Now he won't be eligible to participate in an NHL game until March 2, so he might be pretty rusty going into the home stretch of the season.
Feb 11 - 3:31 PM

Erik Johnson will have a phone hearing after he slashed the Islanders' Frans Nielsen on Saturday.

Johnson wasn't selected to participate in the Olympics, so as it is, he won't play until Feb. 26 at the earliest. That makes this a particularly inopportune time to be handed a suspension, if the NHL does decide to go that route.
Feb 11 - 8:51 AM

Erik Johnson was credited with three assists in Colorado's 7-1 win over Buffalo on Saturday.

Johnson went through a nine-game point drought, but he's making up for lost time with four points in his last two contests. That gives him seven goals and 24 points in 54 games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 2 - 9:45 AM

Erik Johnson was able to play Friday night against the Panthers.

His back had been bothering him of late but Johnson was able to suit up in the Avs' 3-2 win. Johnson took 25 shifts and had 23:40 of ice time and went minus one. He seems fine to activate.
Jan 25 - 1:26 AM

Erik Johnson is battling a back injury.

Johnson is questionable for Tuesday's game due to the ailment. He has seven goals and 13 assists in 48 contests this season.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 3:39 PM

Erik Johnson (back) expects to play Thursday against New Jersey.

"I'm just happy it wasn't longer. I've dealt with this in the past where the most I missed was four or five days," he said. "Luckily with the work our trainers did on me, it took only two days, so I'm really happy about it." Johnson missed the third period and overtime of Tuesday's win over Chicago. Look for him to suit up.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 16 - 3:03 PM

There's a 50-50 chance of Erik Johnson (back) playing on Thursday.

Johnson sustained the ailment during Tuesday's game. The plan is to have him skate on Thursday before they make any determination about his availability.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 15 - 5:56 PM

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5Marc-Andre Cliche
LW1Ryan O'Reilly
2Gabriel Landeskog
3Jamie McGinn
4Cody McLeod
RW1Jarome Iginla
2Alex Tanguay
3Jesse Winchester
4Patrick Bordeleau
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Jan Hejda
4Nick Holden
5Brad Stuart
6Nate Guenin
7Ryan Wilson
8Zach Redmond
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra
3Calvin Pickard