January 13, 2018 | 11:00am ET
JOHNSON ASKS COLUMBUS FOR TRADE
Jack Johnson, defenceman
The Columbus Blue Jackets have their sights set on competing for the Stanley Cup this season, but they may end up doing it without veteran defenceman Jack Johnson.
According to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, Johnson has asked the Blue Jackets to trade him, not because he doesn’t want to be a part of the team any longer, but because he’s thinking of his future.
Johnson, who turned 31 today, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and has been his ice time drop this season.
Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and Johnson’s camp have not gone overly well, which presumably led to the trade request.
It’s unclear what the Blue Jackets are asking for in exchange for Johnson, as the club plans on making a run at the Cup this post-season.
In 46 games with the Blue Jackets so far this season, Johnson has registered two goals and five assists for seven points. He is making $5 million in salary this season, though his salary cap hit is just over $4.357 million.