Johnson signs one-year contract with Avalanche


Jack Johnson signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

The 34-year-old defenseman, who attended Colorado training camp on a professional tryout contract, scored one goal in 13 games with the New York Rangers last season before having core muscle surgery.

“Jack is a veteran defenseman that we brought into camp to help shore up our depth on the back end,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. “He provides a steady presence and brings a lot of NHL experience to our team. We like what he has added to our blue line over the past few weeks, and we’re pleased to have him on the club as we head into the start of the season.”

Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes with the No. 3 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, Johnson has scored 303 points (71 goals, 232 assists) in 950 regular-season games with the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Rangers, and 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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