Jonas Johansson came to the Colorado Avalanche with bad NHL career numbers and some snarky headlines. Why would the Avs want a third-string Buffalo Sabres goalie whose career saves percentage was well below 90 percent? As it turned, the acquisition of Johansson looked good on paper, and the ice, for the Avs and today Johanssson was rewarded with a new one-year contract with Colorado.
Johansson’s one-year deal is a two-way, worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $300,000 at the AHL level. Johansson, 25, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 28.
From the Avs’ release:
He posted a 5-1-1 record with a 1.98 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and one shutout in seven starts with Colorado. Including one relief appearance, Johansson finished the season with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in eight games with the Avs. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound netminder stopped all 28 shots for his first NHL shutout on April 9 at Anaheim. He started in the Avs’ season finale on May 13 vs. Los Angeles and made 21 saves to help the Avalanche win the Presidents’ Trophy and Honda West Division title.
Since making his NHL debut against the Avalanche on Feb. 4, 2020, Johansson owns a 6-9-3 record with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage in 21 appearances.
Selected by the Sabres in the third round (61st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Johansson played parts of four seasons with Buffalo’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, recording a 25-11-4 record, .908 save percentage and 2.63 goals-against average in 41 career appearances. During the 2019-20 campaign, he went 14-4-3 and ranked sixth among all AHL netminders in goals-against average (2.28) and seventh in save percentage (.921), earning a selection to the AHL All-Star Game.
The Avs now have two goalies signed for next season – Jonas Johansson and Pavel Francouz. Still unsigned is Philipp Grubauer, who can be UFA on the 28th.
I’m told that there have been no talks yet between Grubauer and the Avs. Is that cause for alarm? I don’t think it’s a five-alarm thing just yet. That’s still about a month away. But the clock is ticking, isn’t it?