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New York Rangers defenseman Jack Johnson won’t return this season

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Jan 19, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jack Johnson (27) checks New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit:  Bruce Bennett/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 19, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jack Johnson (27) checks New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers defenseman Jack Johnson is out for the rest of the season after having core muscle repair surgery on Friday.

Johnson joined the Rangers on a one-year deal in October, but has been limited to 13 games, scoring one goal for his only point.

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He is expected to make a full recovery and will be an unrestricted free agent heading into next season.

Johnson, 34, has skated in 950 games over 15 seasons with the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins.

He has career totals of 303 points (71 goals, 232 assists) and 529 PIM.

He has recorded 100 or more blocks in nine different seasons and 100-plus hits in seven seasons. Johnson also has five goals and 16 assists in 30 Stanley Cup playoff games.

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The Indianapolis native was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 draft.

–Field Level Media