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Blackhawks sign defenseman Jack Johnson to one-year deal

Jun 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Avalanche game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a one-year contract on Wednesday that runs through the 2022-23 season.

The deal has a $950,000 salary cap hit for the Blackhawks, who are Johnson’s fourth team in his last four seasons.

“Jack provides the team with a strong veteran presence, good size and a competitive edge,” general manager Kyle Davidson said in a statement. “We’re excited to have Jack join the organization and, coming off a Stanley Cup championship last year, he will strengthen our defensive group.”

Johnson, 35, captured his first career Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche this past spring. He recorded nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 74 games last season.

He has 312 points (72 goals, 240 assists) in 1,024 career games with the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Avalanche. He was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes with the third overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Johnson won an Olympic silver medal with the United States in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

–Field Level Media