Veteran defenseman Jack Johnson shared an endearing story Monday when the Avalanche finalized its opening-night roster by reassigning forward Mikhail Maltsev and defenseman Justin Barron to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles.

Johnson, who had been with the Avs in training camp and preseason on a professional tryout contract, signed a one-year deal worth $750,000 on Sunday.


His oldest daughter, Jacklyn, 5, was probably relieved. She was previously worried about the family’s finances.

“My wife was out with my oldest daughter. Her purse was hanging in the car and (Jacklyn) looked in and saw three dollar bills in the purse. So she said, ‘Dad, I really hope you make the team because mom only has three dollars left,’” Johnson said.

Johnson’s family will remain living in Columbus, where he played from 2012 to 2018, but his wife, Kelly, and Jacklyn are scheduled to visit Denver this weekend. After the Avs’ practice Monday, Jack had a long to-do list.

“Got the keys yesterday,” he said of his new residence. “Now I’m trying to get the furniture, my car, and some more clothes and piece together my life real quick.”

Johnson partnered with another new defenseman, Ryan Murray, on Monday. They know each other well, having been teammates in Columbus with the Blue Jackets.

Colorado will begin the season with seven defensemen, 12 forwards, and two goalies on the active roster. At 21 players, two less than the maximum, the Avs have just $1.38 million in cap space, according to @PuckPedia. They will have to get creative when defenseman Devon Toews ($4.1 million cap hit) and goalie Pavel Francouz ($2 million) come off injured reserve.

Toews (offseason shoulder surgery) continues to practice in a red non-contact jersey and appears close to being cleared. Francouz suffered a lower-body injury Oct. 5 and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

Johnson, 34, was limited to just 13 games with the New York Rangers last season after undergoing core muscle repair surgery. He said he might have retired if the Avs didn’t offer him the contract, but he would have been fine with that.

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