Johnson frustrated waiting for B's career to start

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Johnson frustrated waiting for B's career to start

Bruins defenseman Aaron Johnson was looking forward to joining his new team for training camp after signing a one-year deal this summer. But the NHL lockout has obviously set things back and the blueliner aired his frustrations on 101.5 the Hawk, a morning radio show out of Nova Scotia.

"You have no schedule, you are preparing for something that you don't know when it is coming," Johnson said to The Hawk. "You are trying to stay in shape and do the things that you have been doing all summer but not knowing when camp is going to start, or if there is going to be a camp and how things are going to play out."

Johnson, who appears to be in line for a reserve defenseman role in Boston along with blueline insurance in case Dougie Hamilton struggles as a rookie, said that Europe is an option for him along with many of his new Bruins teammates.

The AHL is out for Johnson, though, as the veteran defenseman told the radio station the Bruins didnt want to risk losing him through waivers while sending him to the minor leagues. The Bruins signed both Johnson and Garnet Exelby as veteran depth defensemen during the summer free agency period, but they did manage to get Exelby through waivers to Providence for their open to training camp on Sept. 28.

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.

Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.

Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.

“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”

Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.

Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.

Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future. 

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while gearing up for the last couple of weeks.

*The Edmonton Oilers will return to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season as it looks like Canada will be well-represented once again after last year’s absence.

*Let’s meet the man behind the push to bring the NHL to China, and introduce the game to billions of people.

*Eric Staal is enjoying his second act with the Minnesota Wild, and even better he’s totally flourishing there as well.

*Let’s hear it for the US Women’s team that stuck to their guns and got an unprecedented deal with USA Hockey that will allow them to focus on winning for the next four years.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Steve Stamkos “really close” to a return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a concerning development for the Boston Bruins’ playoff hopes.

*Apparently things are getting a little heightened with the Los Angeles Kings as some of their prominent players skipped a media session in Calgary.

*For something completely different: Let’s hear it for the best news of the day, the Cash Cab is coming back.