According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Jack Johnson's father has approached a Russian team about his son playing there next year, rather than re-sign with the Kings.
Johnson's name has come up as a potential bargaining chip if the Kings pursue Vincent Lecavalier, but once again he isn't making it easy on the team that owns his rights.
(For the uninitiated, the Hurricanes took Johnson third overall in 2005, then traded him the next fall for Tim Gleason and Eric Belanger when he insisted on returning to Michigan for his sophomore season.)
I had an interesting chat with Barry Smith, who is the head coach of SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL - and he said Johnson's father, Jack Johnson Sr., contacted St. Petersburg prior to the World Hockey Championship to see if the team would have interest in signing his son to a one-year contract.
Smith said he would have interest in Johnson, and believes he can make the defenceman a better player.
It is believed there is some unhappiness from Johnson's camp, as the young blueliner is a restricted free agent. While Smith has not heard back from Jack Johnson Sr., it is a possibility.
Meanwhile, in completely unrelated news, Gleason's dad has been taking time off from his job to follow the Hurricanes in the playoffs.