Jack Johnson expected to sign with Pittsburgh

Mark J Rebilas/USA Today Sports

According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette and Mark Madden of 105.9 WXDX FM, pending free agent Jack Johnson has agreed a five-year deal to join the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The deal can’t be signed until July 1st, but it appears the former Columbus Blue Jackets and LA Kings defenseman looks to have a new place to call home for the next five years.

Johnson was linked to the Penguins at the trade deadline but stayed put in Columbus until now.

It’s unclear exactly what the financial aspect of the deal will be, but it could be between $3 mil to $3.5 mil a season.

With a few days until the start of free agency, things could change, but following the Penguins dealing Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick to the Sabres earlier today, it’s safe to say the Penguins are freeing up space to add some key players to their roster for 2018/19.

Johnson was taken 3rd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and now at age 31, he’s put up 278 points in 788 NHL games for the Kings and Blue Jackets.

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