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Erik Johnson | Defenseman

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 232
College: Minnesota
Contract: view contract details

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Erik Johnson scored in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Johnson's goal at the 12:04 mark of the second period cut the Leafs' lead to 3-1, but that's as close as Colorado would come to making a comeback. Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon picked up the assists on Colorado's only goal. Johnson has four goals and eight points in 18 games this season. Nov 17 - 11:59 PM

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Erik Johnson had a shorthanded goal and an assist Tuesday to help Colorado record a 6-3 win versus the Calgary Flames.

It was his second career shorthanded marker after he got one back in 2010-11 when he was a member of the St. Louis Blues. Johnson didn't have a point in his previous nine outings.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 4 - 11:40 AM

Erik Johnson tied Jarome Iginla for the team lead with four shots on goal in Wednesday's 1-0 overtime loss to Carolina.

Johnson said the Avalanche were too easy to play against during the second intermission, but the team didn't really turn it up a notch for the rest of the contest. Johnson had just 13:10 of ice time after two periods, but he finished the match with 23:16 of playing time. Johnson had two goals and one assist in the first two games of the season, but he hasn't earned a point in his last four outings.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 22 - 9:06 AM

Erik Johnson registered a goal and an assist in Colorado's 5-4 loss to Minnesota Thursday night.

Johnson got his first marker of the year on a first-period power play and his helper set up a goal by John Mitchell. Johnson inked a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Avalanche just before the start of the season. He has made great progress with Patrick Roy behind the bench and scored 12 goals in 47 outings last year.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 9 - 10:02 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Erik Johnson to a seven-year contract extension worth a total of $42 million.

The deal will keep him in Colorado through the 2022-2023 season and it will come with an AAV of $6 million. "Erik is a big part of the core of this team," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "We felt it was important for our franchise to secure his rights for the long term as he enters the prime years of his career."
Sep 22 - 7:33 PM

Erik Johnson is reportedly close to agreeing to a long-term contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

Some outlets have reported that a deal has been reached, but the Avalanche say it hasn't been completed yet. Still, it appears as though a new contract for Johnson is imminent and he will be staying with Colorado. He could have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.
Sep 22 - 6:32 PM

Erik Johnson has said that he wants to remain with the Colorado Avalanche going forward.

Johnson can become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the 2015-16 season. "It's my desire to stay here, but it has to work for both sides and I'm all for working with the team and trying to fit into the structure," said Johnson. "I'm not out to get something over my value on the market. I'm going to work with them and I hope they work with me and we can get something done." The former first overall pick had 12 goal and 23 points in just 47 games last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 20 - 5:09 PM

Erik Johnson and the Colorado Avalanche have confirmed that they are working on a contract extension.

Per coach Patrick Roy negations between the team and Johnson are "going well." Johnson, who's entering the final year of his four-year $15M contract and is still only 27-years-old, will be looking for a big bump over his $3.75M AAV. Colorado will have no shortage of cap space for their only All-Star from last season, who scored a career high 12 goals in just 47 games.
Sep 18 - 10:34 PM

Erik Johnson has fully recovered from his knee injury.

Johnson didn't play after Jan. 21 due to his knee problem. He had 12 goals and 23 points in 47 contests last season. He has one campaign left on his four-year, $15 million deal, but it looks like Colorado would like to sign him to an extension this summer.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 19 - 10:29 AM

Erik Johnson (knee) won't play Tuesday night and coach Patrick Roy would be "very surprised" if he suits up before the end of the regular season.

He had minor knee surgery on Jan. 26 and was originally expected to miss three-to-eight weeks. Johnson had 12 goals and 23 points in 47 games prior to getting injured.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 7 - 12:12 PM

Erik Johnson (knee) isn't projected to play on Colorado's upcoming three-game road trip.

He skated on Tuesday morning but coach Patrick Roy said the defenseman isn't ready to return from a knee injury that has kept him on the shelf since Jan. 21. Johnson may return during the team's homestand to close out the season next week, but there's also a chance that he could be done for the rest of the year.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 31 - 4:15 PM

Erik Johnson (knee) won't play Monday night.

He took part in the morning skate and he's expected to fully participate in Tuesday's session. After that, his status will be reassessed, but it's still unclear if he'll be fine to return.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 30 - 5:46 PM

It appears as though Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson isn't quite ready to return just yet.

He won't be able to play on Saturday, but the versatile blueliner is "getting close" and could very well return on Monday or Wednesday. Stay tuned in early next week.
Mar 28 - 1:27 PM

Erik Johnson was on the ice with his teammates Saturday morning.

It was the first time Johnson has joined his teammates in a skate since he injured his knee on January 21st. Although Johnson won't play Saturday night against the Sabres, he is getting closer to a return. Check back with us next week for updates on Johnson's status.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 28 - 12:40 PM

Erik Johnson (knee) won't travel with the Avalanche on their three-game road trip.

Johnson practiced with the Avalanche on Sunday but he still isn't ready to return to the lineup. The 27-year-old has been out since January 27th with the injury. Head coach Patrick Roy said that Johnson may be ready to return when Colorado plays their next home game on March 28th against Buffalo.
Mar 22 - 2:35 PM

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C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3John Mitchell
4Mikhail Grigorenko
5Ben Street
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Alex Tanguay
3Blake Comeau
4Cody McLeod
5Andreas Martinsen
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Jarome Iginla
3Jack Skille
4Chris Wagner
5Jesse Winchester
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Francois Beauchemin
4Nick Holden
5Brad Stuart
6Brandon Gormley
7Nate Guenin
8Zach Redmond
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra