Jack Johnson D PIT 3 weeks ago
Johnson signed a five-year contract worth $3.25 million AAV with the Penguins on Sunday, TSN reports.
Since racking up 40 points in 2014-15, Johnson has slumped with two of the last three seasons under 15 points. His best contributions of last season came in blocked shots (135) and hits (101). Moving to a perennial contender may help Johnson re-up his game, but fantasy owners shouldn't jump on his bandwagon just yet.
Jack Johnson D PIT 4 weeks ago
Johnson has agreed in principle to a five-year deal with Pittsburgh, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
While the deal can't be signed until July 1, it appears Johnson -- who was linked to the Penguins at the trade deadline last season -- will link up with the club for the 2018-19 campaign and beyond. The defenseman went unused by the Blue Jackets in their first-round playoff matchup with Washington and will likely be in a constant battle for a spot in Pittsburgh's lineup.
Jack Johnson D PIT 3 months ago
Johnson, who finished the 2017-18 campaign with three goals, 11 points and a minus-6 rating, will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
There's still a chance Columbus will try to retain Johnson, but it seems as though the writing was on the wall for his departure from the Blue Jackets during their first-round matchup with Washington, as the 31-year-old blueliner sat as a healthy scratch for all six playoff games against the Capitals. Regardless of where he lands, the 2005 third overall pick's lack of offensive upside will keep him off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of formats in 2018-19, but he'll still be a solid pickup for an NHL club looking for veteran help on its second pairing.
Jack Johnson D PIT 5 months ago
Johnson played 21:39 in Monday's 5-1 win over the Capitals, recording one shot, one hit, one blocked shot and a plus-1 rating.
Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen didn't find a taker for Johnson at the trade deadline, or at least didn't get an offer he liked, and as a result the veteran defenseman will remain with the club and hit unrestricted free agency in the offseason. Johnson has only three goals and eight points in 63 games and no longer sees power-play time, keeping him off the fantasy radar, but he should still see a regular shift as part of a deep Columbus blueline corps that now features three solid pairings after the addition of Ian Cole.
Jack Johnson D PIT 6 months 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 PIT 6 months 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 PIT 7 months 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 PIT 8 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 PIT 9 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 PIT 1 year 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.