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Penguins re-sign veteran goalie Brent Johnson to 2 year contract

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From the team:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Brent Johnson to a two-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2010-11 season and will run through 2011-12. Johnson will earn $600,000 in 2010-11 and $600,000 in 2011-12. With Johnson and Marc-Andre Fleury, who is signed through 2014-15, the Penguins have solidified their depth at the goaltending position.

First off, I'm shocked the team released the figures of the deal, it's been uniform league wide policy to not disclose that, but everyone finds out anyways, so a little transparency is nice.

Secondly, it's good to get Johnson under contract.  He's been a very dependable backup.  Johnny's been able to go weeks at at time without getting into games and then when thrust in, he hasn't disappointed at all.  The knock on Johnson is staying healthy and he's had a few bumps along the road this year, but nothing major.

John Curry bungled his only NHL action of the year, but he has a contract for next season.  If an NHL goalie goes down to injury, he's a fine #3 option.  Brad Thiessen continues to develop in his first professional season, but it's a big jump up to being in the NHL, and obviously the Pens made the right choice to bring back a dependable veteran.  Johnson's salary was $525,000 in 2009-10, so he receives a nominal raise, but still a very reasonable rate.