Apr 25, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) controls the puck along the blue line during the first period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Are The Pens Interested In Jack Johnson?


As the trade deadline approaches, eyes will be on the Pittsburgh Penguins and GM Ray Shero to see what move (if any) they pull this year to help bolster the lineup for a Stanley Cup push.

Recently, Shero has brought in various valuable talents (Marian Hossa, Bill Guerin, James Neal) and almost all the acquisitions occurred at the NHL trade deadline.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting via Twitter that there were two Columbus Blue Jacket scouts in Pittsburgh Monday night and that the Pens have always admired defenseman Jack Johnson. The tweet he sent out can be read below.

The Penguins already have amazing depth at the defensive position, but this report adds to speculation that Pittsburgh may be interested in trading for the gritty defenseman.

Johnson, 26, was drafted third in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes and has bounced around to the Los Angeles Kings and now currently with the Blue Jackets.

Unfortunately for him, the past two seasons have been injury riddled. Suffering unlucky breaks, he’s not getting luckier, as he’s currently on injured reserve.

But maybe if Johnson just gets off the cellar-dwelling Blue Jackets, he just might resurrect his offensive game with the weapons Pittsburgh has to offer.

This isn’t a bad play, but Shero has to be cautious here. He mustn’t get careless and give up a lot for Johnson because of the peculiarity of his situation.

The Penguins already have the personnel they need to succeed on defense, if he’s smart, he’ll save what he needs to trade for another forward.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding this scenario.


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