The 28-year-old Johnson was 17-4-3 with the Boston Bruins last season as a backup to Tuukka Rask, who recently won the Vezina Trophy as the league's most outstanding goaltender. Johnson was sixth in the league in goals-against average (2.10) and save percentage (.925).
Johnson was a fifth-round pick of Pittsburgh in 2006 and has played in 37 games with the Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Rangers. He played for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and had a 1.66 goals-against average his senior year in 2008-09. He was selected the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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