COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Blue Jackets defenseman/ironman Jack Johnson was downplaying his recent impressive feat, having come within one second of logging 35 minutes of ice time against Detroit on Saturday.
How tired did he feel the next day?
“I felt great, actually. I’ve had nine months off,” Johnson said, smiling. “So there’s no excuse not to be ready to go. That’s why you train in the summer too. You train to be able to go through that.
“To play 48 games in 99 days, your body has to be ready to do that. It’s not easy. I love playing. I knew it [the ice time] was up there, but I had no idea. When I was told, it was, ‘Wow. Pretty cool.’ "
The affable Johnson was catching up with several media members from Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, a few hours before the Blue Jackets-Kings game here. His first 343 games in the NHL were spent with the Kings’ organization before he was traded to Columbus in exchange for Jeff Carter shortly before last season’s trade deadline.