The Sabres' new goaltender wants to win.
Chad Johnson, acquired from the New York Islanders along with a 2016 third-round pick in exchange for Michal Neuvirth, is looking forward to turning around a season that has seen him go 8-8-1 with a .889 save percentage and 3.08 goals-against average.
Johnson and Anders Lindback are on the Sabres' goalies (at the moment).
"For me it’s just being able to get in and playing more often and playing more games and just showing what I can do and getting on a roll," Johnson said on TSN. "As a player you just want to go somewhere you can have an opportunity. There’s an opportunity there. There’s no starting goaltender there. For a guy like myself or any goalie, that’s what you want to be. You want to be a starter."
Johnson is going from the Stanley Cup-contending Isles to the draft-thinking Sabres.
"It’s going to be tough, but as a player you have to be optimistic about everywhere you go," Johnson said. "You want to go in there and play hard. Their eyes are obviously set on one of those two picks there at the draft this year, but for myself I’m just going to go in there and try and win hockey games. That’s your job. Regardless of where you are in the standings, you’re there to play hard and win hockey games."