Johnson did not receive a qualifying offer from the Devils ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
The 24-year-old netminder will become a free agent July 1 and is now free to sign with any club after not being granted a qualifying offer. Johnson played at both the AHL and ECHL levels in 2018-19 and has yet to appear in an NHL game.
Johnson was reassigned to AHL Binghamton on Thursday.
Johnson's demotion may not mean additional ice time for him, as Cory Schneider remains with Binghamton on a conditioning assignment. Given the breakout performance of Mackenzie Blackwood, the 24-year-old Johnson figures to spend the remainder of the year in the minors, barring injuries to others.
Johnson was promoted from AHL Binghamton on Sunday.
Johnson reportedly will practice Sunday, and there seems to be an outside chance that he'll at least be available as an emergency goalie for Monday's road game against the Penguins. New Jersey currently has Keith Kinkaid, Cory Schneider and Johnson on the active roster.
Johnson was sent back to AHL Binghamton on Saturday.
The Devils activated goalie MacKenzie Blackwood (lower body) in a corresponding move, meaning Johnson gets rerouted to the AHL with his NHL debut still on hold. A 24-year-old standout from the University of North Dakota, Johnson has a 6-8-0 record, 3.91 GAA and .866 save percentage through 14 games with the minor-league Devils this season, plus he's worked on his game a bit with the ECHL's Adirondack Thunder.
The Devils recalled Johnson from AHL Binghamton on Sunday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
With MacKenzie Blackwood (lower body) expected to sit out, Johnson will serve as Keith Kinkaid's backup. This is Johnson's first recall to the big club, and he has already served with both ECHL Adirondack and AHL Binghamton this season. His play with Binghamton isn't promising, as he's recorded an .866 save percentage and 3.91 GAA.
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