The Sabres' players thought highly enough of Chad Johnson two years ago that they voted him their Unsung Hero. Clearly, a lot of people will be happy to have him back in the dressing room.
Johnson returned to Buffalo on Saturday, signing a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.
The 31-year-old was an unrestricted free agent who spent last season in Calgary. He went 18-15-1 with a .910 save percentage while splitting the crease with Brian Elliott.
Johnson was thrust into a starting role in Buffalo in 2015-16. Expected to be Robin Lehner's backup, Johnson went to the crease after Lehner suffered an ankle injury in the season opener.
Johnson went 22-16-4 with a .920 save percentage.
The Sabres needed goaltending help. They had just Lehner and Linus Ullmark capable of playing in the NHL. Johnson's signing allows Ullmark to get another year as the starter in Rochester, where he played 55 games last year and was voted Amerks MVP.