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Jack Johnson is officially an LA King. He signed a contract similar to NHL superstars like Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, and Evgeni Malkin. He could make up to $4 million dollars next year if he hits all his bonuses. Johnson earned his first nickel as a hockey player on Saturday night, for the ride he gave North Dakota's Jonathan Toews, when Toews latched onto him as Johnson tried to retrieve a puck behind his own net, leading to T.J. Oshie's first goal.

Don Lucia says he wants his players to decide early if they are leaving for the pros or are coming back. I understand his reasoning, but I don't know if it will make much difference. Lucia doesn't have a whole lot of control in this situation, which has to be frustrating.