When I was playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Aaron Johnson was sent down from the New York Islanders on some sort of a conditioning stint. He played a couple games with us before our bus was stopped in the dark one night after a game, and the Islanders equipment guy, Shakey Krouse, pilfered him from the bus after doing a few hilarious Garth Snow impersonations on the mic.
“Our paths crossed briefly” is something just about every pro player from the last half-dozen years can say about Aaron Johnson. Today he signed a two-way contract with the Boston Bruins ($650k up) and the Providence Bruins of the AHL ($105k down).
I got to thinking….just how many rosters has this guy touched lately?
Well, since 2006, Aaron Johnson has played games for the:
* Syracuse Crunch
* Columbus Blue Jackets
* New York Islanders
* Bridgeport Sound Tigers
* Rockford Ice Hogs
* Chicago Blackhawks
* Calgary Flames
* Milwaukee Admirals
* Columbus again
And of course, soon to be the
* Boston Bruins
* Providence Bruins
You can check out the stats he’s compiled along his journey here. That’s only in the past six seasons he’s put together that list.
He’s not quite Mike Sillinger, who touched 12 NHL rosters and 14 total pro ones, but he’s certainly in the mix. At 29, touching both Boston and Providence will give him 11 (6 NHL) – he’s still got time to make this happen.