- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2008

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

While Olie Kolzig’s playing time was reduced after Cristobal Huet’s arrival to the Washington Capitals, Brent Johnson’s was erased.

Johnson was in net for an overtime loss Feb. 24 against New Jersey, but with the addition of Huet two days later, he never played again. Most days, Johnson couldn’t join his teammates on the ice at practice until near the end when Huet or Kolzig was ready to come off.

Still, Johnson is the only one of the three goalies under contract with the Caps for next season. The 31-year-old said he would gladly return to Washington next year.

“No hard feelings. It was a little bit of tough love at first. What happened kind of came out of left field,” Johnson said. “But you’re a professional and you have to learn to live with it. I was delighted to see how well the team responded when Cris came in, because it wasn’t easy for him either. Now it will be a new season and come September, I’ll be ready for it.

“Do I know who is in the cards? I have no idea. Being under contract for next year, I plan on coming back here and fighting for them and competing and doing the best I can to further my career.”

Johnson has spent the past three seasons serving as Kolzig’s backup, and the two have become very close friends. Kolzig has said he wants to wait to discuss his future and what has transpired the past two months.

“I’ve seen how he is with me, and it is difficult to see what he is going through,” Johnson said. “We were together in the boat, but with him, he’s been here so long and obviously he wanted to do what he could to help the team win.”

Corey Masisak

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