ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild are running out of roster space after signing Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell since July 1, and as a result one player who appeared in 77 games for the team last season has decided to sign elsewhere.
Forward Nick Johnson, who scored eight goals and had 18 assists for Minnesota in his most extensive NHL action, has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Johnson, claimed by Minnesota off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins last September, represented the Wild as part of the rookie team in the All-Star skills competition last season.
Johnson, 26, had previously played under Minnesota coach Mike Yeo with the Wilkes-Barre Penguins of the American Hockey League. Previous to last year, he had played 10 total NHL games during parts of two seasons with Pittsburgh. Johnson had a five-game point streak for the Wild last season, scoring two goals and recording three assists from Nov. 27-Dec. 4.