Apparently, at least.
Jack Johnson, who remained adamant all season that he would returning to Michgan next year to play, including two weeks ago when he told reporters "I think the only way you're going to get me out of here is at gunpoint," is now very close to signing with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Michigan Daily had an article today where they ran this quote from Johnson which was originally published in the Raleigh News and Observer:
"At this point, I'm kind of up in the air, I guess," Johnson said in an article published yesterday in the Raleigh News and Observer. "I still feel hesitant on making the jump. I want to make sure. I'm going to talk to a few people who I really confide in, and after talking to them try to make a pretty good decision. Right now, I'm really torn."
So much for that gun. Then again, when you get offered a contract similar to that of Sidney Crosby, you can probably buy yourself many, many guns as a means of self-defense.
Carolina emerged from the NHL lockout as a pretty decent team. They're leading their division and are in second place in the Eastern Conference. They're desperate to add some fresh, young legs to their blueline to go with 38 year old Glen Wesley and 36 year old Bret Hedican. This could be the best chance Johnson has to jump to the pros.
UPDATE: Jack is staying.