By Lindsay Kramer
It’s a scary proposition for Albany to ponder just how close it came to not having the services of forward Jamie Johnson this season.
One phone call made all the difference. Actually, it was a phone call that never came.
Johnson, 26, was a minor-league journeyman who was coming off a 2006-07 season in which he played for Augusta of the ECHL and Iowa and Bridgeport of the AHL. With far more ECHL than AHL games to his credit during his pro career, he was considering a new address in Europe.
He had a couple of things cooking there, and was just waiting for a finalized offer. Instead, in late August, Carolina came through with an invitation to Albany’s camp.
“I always knew I could play at this level,” he said. “I’ve been given a great opportunity here. I knew I was capable of putting the puck in the net. I didn’t know if I could put this many (points) up.”