Jack Johnson D CBJ 3 days ago
Johnson has softened his stance on a trade after a one-on-one meeting with coach John Tortorella, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
With his ice time declining and free agency looming, Johnson said his request for a trade wasn't about him being unhappy in Columbus but about positioning himself for his next contract, and Tortorella is more than willing to give him an opportunity to earn that ice time back with the Jackets rather than in another uniform. "I don't think it's Jack Johnson pounding his fist on the table saying 'I want out of here,' " Tortorella said Wednesday. "I think it's a player when he's lost some minutes in his game, he's at the end of his contract, maybe negotiations aren't going on. ... He wants to know if there are other options. This doesn't change anything with me and my thoughts about him. Jack and I have known each other for a long time in national tournaments. I know what he is. And I know he's not a player that wants to get the hell out of here." Johnson will get his first chance to regain a key role on the Columbus blue line Thursday against the Stars, when he'll be put back on the second pairing with David Savard.
Jack Johnson D CBJ 1 week ago
Johnson has requested to be traded from the Blue Jackets, The Athletic reports.
Despite the fact that he's an assistant captain, Johnson wants out of Columbus. The 30-year-old is logging under 20 minutes per game for the first time in his career, and he reportedly wishes to set himself up to be in a better position this summer, when he'll be an unrestricted free agent. We highly doubt Johnson will come close to matching the $4.357 million annually that he's banking on his current deal originally procured with the Kings -- after all, the guy has just seven points and a minus-6 rating through 45 games this season.
Jack Johnson D CBJ 1 month ago
Johnson recorded a plus-3 rating and two blocked shots in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Islanders.
Separated from long-time blueline partner David Savard to begin the game, Johnson snapped out of a bit of a tailspin defensively that had seen him produce a minus-6 rating over his previous five games. On the season, the veteran now has six points (two goals, four assists) and a minus-1 rating through 32 games while only taking 36 shots on net. He reached the 40-point plateau as recently as 2014-15, but with Zach Werenski and Seth Jones now handling the bulk of the power-play duties for the Jackets, Johnson's offensive contributions figure to remain minimal.
Jack Johnson D CBJ 2 months ago
Johnson is bogged down in a 10-game pointless streak.
Considering Johnson barely broke the 20-point threshold last season (23), fantasy owners probably weren't expecting him to go back to being the 40-point producer he was in 2014-15, however, his one goal, three assist start to the year is subpar at best. Despite his lack of production, the Indiana native continues to log significant minutes on the blue line (18:36).
Jack Johnson D CBJ 3 months ago
Johnson has yet to record a point this season, though he's gone plus-2 through three games.
The 30-year-old blueliner owns a pitiful minus-101 rating over 714 career games between the Kings and Blue Jackets, but it looks like he's focusing heavily on maintaining steady own-zone production after turning in a plus-23 mark last season. Fantasy owners have to hope it doesn't come at the expense of lackluster offensive numbers, though.
Jack Johnson D CBJ 7 months ago
Johnson was not on the Blue Jackets' protected list for the upcoming expansion draft, but is rumored to be one of the players the Golden Knights have agreed not to select in exchange for Columbus' first-round pick (24th overall) in the 2017 draft, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The blueliner may not have been of much interest to the expansion team anyway as a 30-year-old with one year remaining on his contract, but Johnson will remain in Columbus and reprise his role on the team's second pairing with David Savard. The duo formed a steady complement to the young and extremely talented Seth Jones and Zach Werenski on the top pairing, helping Johnson post a career-best plus-23 rating last season in addition to his five goals and 23 points.
Jack Johnson D CBJ 9 months ago
Johnson might have his ice time reduced over the final two games of the regular season, Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The Blue Jackets' depth on the blue line has been tested down the stretch with both Zach Werenski (shoulder) and Ryan Murray (hand) sidelined, and now that their first-round playoff matchup is set in stone, coach John Tortorella may want to give his key defensemen a bit of a break prior to their postseason showdown with the Penguins. Johnson has carried a heavy load this season, averaging 21:47 a night, and if Werenski can't return for the start of the playoffs that ice time will probably increase with Johnson and David Savard forming the Jackets' most reliable defensive duo. Getting fewer shifts this weekend might help keep some pep in Johnson's postseason step.
Jack Johnson D CBJ 10 months ago
Johnson posted a goal with three blocked shots in Sunday's 3-2 loss against the Capitals.
Johnson has managed just 23 points this season, but he is working on a three-game point streak with two goals and an assist. It's better late than never. He has managed a solid plus-21 rating with 87 hits and 127 blocked shots to help fantasy owners in deeper pools.
Jack Johnson D CBJ 10 months ago
Johnson recorded a power-play assist and registered three shots on net during Friday's win over Buffalo.
The veteran defenseman has turned in a respectable fantasy campaign for deep seasonal settings because of his cross-category production. His 18 points don't move the needle, but with 96 shots, 104 blocked shots, 76 hits and a plus-19 rating, Johnson isn't a fantasy plug. Just keep expectations in check because he isn't going to pile on the offensive numbers.
Jack Johnson D CBJ 11 months ago
Johnson scored the game-winning goal Saturday in a 7-0 victory over the Islanders. He finished plus-5.
Johnson has never grown into the promise of a third-overall pick, but he's been steady for the Jackets. His offense is thin these days -- JJ now sits with three goals and 17 points in 59 games. But his team counts on him for more than scoring. Unfortunately, that makes Johnson a marginal fantasy play in all but the deepest of formats.