The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly added a veteran to their blue line. According to The Athletic, the team is signing defenseman Jack Johnson to a one-year, $950K deal.
Johnson spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche and won the first Stanley Cup of his 16-year career. He posted nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 74 regular-season games and skated in 13 playoff games.
Prior to his stint in Colorado, Johnson spent time with the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New York Rangers. Across 1,024 NHL games, Johnson has 312 points (72 goals, 240 assists).
Coming to the Blackhawks, Johnson joins a defense corps that includes Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Connor Murphy, Riley Stillman, Alex Vlasic, and Caleb Jones. Several younger blueliners will also vie for playing time on the back end.
The Chicago Blackhawks will make the signing official Wednesday, per reports. Jack Johnson will become the eighth free agent to sign with Chicago this offseason.