The News and Observer in North Carolina reported that the 'Canes have made an offer to Jack Johnson right around the rookie max of $850,000 a year for 3 years. The Minnesota fans/Anti-Hobart people on USCHO seem to think this means that he is gone, but that's not The Blog That Yost Built's position.
While I'm on the record as saying that I don't think Johnson should play college hockey (unless he's reading this and cares what I think), I just don't think this article should be news to anyone. Johnson was taken 3rd overall and Carolina said right off the bat that they wanted to sign him. Did anyone really think he'd make substantially less than the rookie max? The kid was picked 3rd overall for cryin' out loud! He knew pretty much what he could expect out of Carolina. Now, could having a $2.5 million offer actually staring him in the face change his mind? Maybe.
The Jack Johnson DEFCON will drop back down to 4, as indicated in the sidebar. On another note, the guy who wrote that article's name is Luke DeCock. Too many jokes.
In a great feel-good story, MS-stricken goalie Jordan Sigalet has signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins. I'm really rooting for this kid. I liked him ever since he put on a show against Michigan and made 48 saves in a 1-1 tie, and after his affliction came out last year he showed a lot of heart and guts playing through it. On top of that he seems like just a great, great kid. It's really easy to root for people like him.
The Red Wings invited a player named Robin Big Snake to training camp. Is it too much to ask that this kid eventually make the NHL so I can get a jersey with "Big Snake" on the back? Does he have a built-in pickup line that's better than Tayshaun Prince being able to tell girls that everyone calls him "long"?
Isn't this cute? Vancouver gave the Sedin twins identical contracts even though Daniel outscored Henrik by 12 points in the last NHL season. At some point doesn't the "twins" thing have to go away? Really guys...just because you look alike and were created from the same egg doesn't mean you have to sign the exact same contract. I'm surprised we were actually let in on which player went #2 in the draft. They should both be listed as being pick 2 1/2.