The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson and a first round pick. When Johnson signed his current 7 year, $30.5M contract I wrote how I thought the Kings would regret the contract. Now I think the Blue Jackets will.
Just how bad is Jack Johnson? Well, lets take a look at the Kings defensemen’s goals against per 20 minutes of zone start adjusted 5v5 close ice time over the past 2 3/4 seasons.
|Defenseman||11-12 GA20||Defenseman||10-11 GA20||Defenseman||09-10 GA20|
Not only is Jack Johnson dead last in all three seasons, he is last by a sizeable margin. Of the 7 Kings defensemen this year the spread between #1 Martinez and #6 Greene is smaller than the spread between #6 Greene and #7 Johnson. The previous two seasons look no better.
But what is even more scary are Johnson’s offensive numbers. Yeah, Johnson may be a question mark defensively but his offense helps offset some of that. Well, so we thought. Here are the goals for per 20 minutes of ice time numbers for Kings defensemen.
|Defenseman||11-12 GF20||Defenseman||10-11 GF20||Defenseman||09-10 GF20|
Dead last in 2 of the three seasons and only ahead of Randy Jones and Peter Harrold in 2009-10. Certainly not something to write home about. So, if Johnson isn’t helping his team score goals and isn’t helping his team limit goals against, he has to have a pretty terrible goals for percentage (goals for divided by goals for + goals against). Let’s take a look.
|Player Name||GF%||Player Name||GF%||Player Name||GF%|
It’s pretty sad when every other defenseman on your team has a goals for percentage above 50% and you sit at 40%.
It seems that Jack Johnson is a major drag on his team, especially defensively, but offensively as well. The only redeeming quality of Jack Johnson on the ice is that he seems to be a good PP specialist. I have often called Jack Johnson the $4.3M/yr version of Marc-Andre Bergeron but that might be unfair to Bergeron. Getting rid of Johnson is addition by subtraction plus you are getting Jeff Carter for a mere first round pick which is a steal.
The Kings win this trade by a country mile while the Blue Jackets have set back their franchise years by the whole Carter fiasco which has seen them trade Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier and Nick Cousins (3rd round pick in 2011) for a horrid Jack Johnson and a mid first round pick. Pretty sad for any Blue Jacket fan.