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Monday, March 26, 2007

Michigan loses, Johnson bails

On Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines fell 8-5 to the UND Fighting Sioux, ending the Wolverines quest for a national title.

After the game, the team flew back to Ann Arbor, but Jack Johnson stayed in Denver. According to the Michigan Daily, Johnson signed a deal with the Kings.

Last spring, when the Wolverines lost, and the Canes were wrapping up a fantastic regular season en route to winning the Stanley Cup, they offered Johnson several contract deals. All were turned down, Johnson said, because he wanted to win an NCAA championship and to graduate from Michigan. After winning the Cup, Carolina continued to offer contract deal after contract deal. All were rebuffed.

After a freakishly awkward dinner meeting and another rejected deal, Jim Rutherford pulled the trigger on a trade just before the start of regular season.

Johnson will join the Kings and will be in the lineup on Tuesday night. After the season is over, Johnson will return to Ann Arbor to finish out the spring semester. He says he still plans to stay in school, but that's kinda hard to do when you're playing in the NHL.

Credit goes to James Mirtle for drawing my attention to the story.

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