Report: Jack Johnson Agrees To a Five-Year Deal With the Penguins Worth An Estimated $16 Million

By Rob Mixer on June 27, 2018 at 6:04 pm
Jack Johnson and Sidney Crosby, soon-to-be teammates, shake hands after their first-round series in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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That didn't take long.

A couple of days after we learned of the Pittsburgh Penguins' reported interest in Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, well, things heated up. At least one outlet, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said the two parties were in "intense" discussions during the free agent courting period.

Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden first tweeted Wednesday afternoon that those conversations resulted in a deal.

Not long after Madden's tweet, Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette – who had the initial report – swooped in to confirm.

It's a curious move for Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, who has assembled Stanley Cup winning teams twice in the last four seasons. But the Penguins believe they can help defensemen bounce back after tough seasons (Justin Schultz, for example), and this one would be a doozy if they could rehabilitate a player who has struggled defensively throughout his career. 

Expect the Penguins to make the Johnson deal official shortly after 12 p.m. ET Sunday, when NHL free agency opens.

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