Tarik El-Bashir over at the Washington Post caught up with Brent Johnson during this off-season. Johnson basically said he's looking forward to a "healthy competition" between him and newly acquired Jose Theodore.
The reality is Johnson posted some good numbers last season when Kolzig was out. His opportunity will come with one of Theodore's slumps or injuries. If Johnson is at his best he'll show he's not a career backup.
Johnson's pitfall is the amount of Theodore's contract - $4.5-million is a lot of money to be sitting on the bench. It'll up to Bruce Boudreau whether Theodore plays through the slumps or needs time to regroup.