September 24, 2003 |
Craig Johnson was expecting major upheaval. With one telephone call from the Mighty Ducks, order was restored. Johnson, who spent the last eight seasons with the Kings, was cut free after a difficult season and was preparing to move his family to Atlanta, where the Thrashers had agreed to give him a tryout. Then the Ducks, looking for a veteran forward, came calling with a contract two days before training camp started. "We were all set to leave town," Johnson said.
March 19, 2003 |
Any day now the Kings will make official what has been suspected for weeks: Jason Allison and Adam Deadmarsh won't play again this season. Suffering from post-concussion symptoms, the top-line forwards are not close to returning to the lineup and after the Kings are mathematically eliminated from the playoff chase the club will announce that their seasons have ended. "There's no sense taking a risk," Coach Andy Murray said. For the same reason, No.
February 23, 2003 |
He is the least discussed of the five Kings eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer, perhaps because he has flown so far below the radar this season. Craig Johnson has scored three goals in 57 games. The 30-year-old forward is still valued by the Kings for his speed and versatility, but they'd like more offense.
December 22, 2002 |
Craig Johnson went more than two months without a goal to start the season, but he's on a roll with two goals in his last four games. "If you play any sport, whether it's golf, baseball or whatever, it's frustrating when you're in a slump," said Johnson, who has 72 goals in his nine-year career. "You feel like you're not playing that bad, but when things aren't going for you, you're missing those three-footers on the golf course and those line drives are being hit to the second baseman.
October 20, 2002 |
King left wing Craig Johnson may have been rooting against the Angels in the American League championship series against Minnesota, but he's pulling for them in the World Series against San Francisco. That's because Johnson grew up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, but his wife, Brittany, is from Orange County and the couple lived near Anaheim Stadium for a couple years before moving to Manhattan Beach last season.
April 28, 2002 |
As affairs go, it was brief, a couple of hours at the Playboy Mansion, and I was back with the Kings Saturday. Regrets? Sure, I had some. I'm man enough to admit I was crying most of the afternoon on Miss March's shoulder, feeling a little guilty that I wasn't with the guys in Denver. Or it could have been Miss January--when their name tags come off it's really hard to tell the difference. I know I said I wouldn't shave until the guys won the Stanley Cup or were eliminated. But I thought a beard might identify me as a King fan, and doing my research on who might be Playmate of the Year, I noticed every Playmate had "King fans" listed under "turnoffs."