Chad Johnson got word this morning as the New York Rangers pulled him up from their AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack. Johnson will replace previous backup goaltender Stephen Valiquette
who cleared waivers this morning and will be sent down to the Wolf Pack. Chad Johnson was not allowed to practice with the Rangers this morning until Valley's waivers cleared, so the Rangers
brought in a temporary non-pro goalie to help out. Johnson will be expected to report to the Rangers next practice tomorrow, and should be on their official roster soon.
I believed all along that Chad is a very capable goaltender and well suited for the NHL, but he may still need time to develop. Whether this move is permanent is unknown at this point, but I
think Chad is entirely capable of handling the pressure.
With Johnson in net, that makes two Alaska Nanooks on the Rangers' as former Nanook left wing Aaron Voros welcomes Chad to the roster.
[Jim Cerny's Twitter]