Having already inked multi-year deals with Mark Parrish and Keith Carney on Saturday, the Wild shopping bonanza continued into the late evening with the signing of defenseman Kim Johnsson.
If you’re scoring at home, that’s three of the most pressing needs the Wild addressed in one day of free agency activity.
The goal scoring power forward? Check (Mark Parrish).
The tough-as-nails stay-at-home defenseman? Check (Keith Carney).
Now, Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough take a red pen to the offensive defenseman need, thanks to the signing of Johnsson.
“We are very excited to add a player of Kim’s caliber to our blueline,” said Risebrough. “Adding his offensive skills is another step towards assembling the team we believe will compete at a high level in the coming seasons.”
The free agent defenseman scored six goals and 19 assists last year in 47 games with the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a tough year for the Swede, who was forced out of 31 games and the Olympics with post-concussion symptoms.
It wasn’t long ago - two years to be exact - that Johnsson was named the Flyers’ most outstanding defenseman, when he led the team blueliners in scoring with 13 goals among 42 points. He also led Flyer rearguards in points in 2001-02 (41) and 2002-03 (39).
Johnsson has notched 194 points (51-143=194), including 22 power play goals and 226 PIM in 442 career NHL games during six seasons with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia. The Malmo, Sweden-native has skated for Team Sweden at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2002 and 2001 World Hockey Championships. Originally selected by the Rangers in the 11th round (286th overall) of the 1994 Entry Draft, Johnsson was traded to Philadelphia along with Jan Hlavac, Pavel Brendl and a third round pick in the 2003 Entry Draft in exchange for Eric Lindros on August 20, 2001.