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Erik Johnson | Defenseman

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

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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

Erik Johnson is close to being ready to return from a knee injury, which required arthroscopic surgery.

He might be available as soon as Monday night in Calgary. "Right now he's doing really well," coach Patrick Roy said. "When is he going to be back? I would say his return is pretty close." Johnson has been sidelined since Jan. 21.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 19 - 12:44 PM

Erik Johnson (knee) skated before practice on Monday.

He could be back in the lineup around Mar. 26 when Colorado plays Vancouver because that marks exactly two months after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 16 - 4:39 PM

Coach Patrick Roy has said that Erik Johnson is expected to return during Colorado's five-game road trip.

The Avalanche will host the Flames on Saturday night before traveling to play the Coyotes, Ducks, Flames, Oilers, and the Canucks between March 19th and March 26th. So in essence, Johnson is expected to return within the next two weeks according to Coach Roy. Through 47 games this season, Johnson has compiled 12 goals, 23 points, 93 hits, and 107 blocks.
Mar 13 - 11:15 PM

Erik Johnson (knee) skated on Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery.

Johnson has missed almost six weeks due to the injury. He was initially estimated to miss three-to-eight weeks and Avalanche coach Patrick Roy still believes Johnson's time on the sidelines will be within that range.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 7 - 10:29 AM

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