Johansson said it was a good thing to be able to see systems from a distance. But that doesn’t mean the 22-year-old was happy about being out of the lineup.
“I want to play. That’s why I’m here,” Johansson said. “I want to play and it’s not fun to sit out but it’s his decision and I respect his decision. As I said, it’s his decision, he’s the coach; you’ve got to deal with it, learn and move on.”
Johansson replaced Mathieu Perreault, who took two penalties in Tuesday night’s loss at the Ottawa Senators.
Oates returns to Toronto
Oates got a chance to spend some time in his hometown of Toronto during Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend in November, but Thursday was his first time there as a head coach. He expected to have some family and friends in attendance.
“I grew up watching Maple Leaf Gardens,” Oates said. “I’m a Canadian kid; it’s good to be back in Toronto.”
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