NHL Rumors: Chicago Blackhawks Shopping Defenseman

The Chicago Blackhawks are at the bottom of the NHL standings, and this is exactly what was expected of them after GM Kyle Davidson began their full-on rebuild. As a result of this, they are preparing to trade several of their players at the deadline. Rental players like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Max Domi are naturally getting a lot of attention in the rumor mill, but another player who we could very well end up seeing moved is veteran defenseman, Jack Johnson. 

Although Johnson is no longer the top-four defenseman he was during his prime years, there certainly could be some contenders willing to bring him in as an extra defenseman. After all, the 35-year-old played this role wonderfully for the Colorado Avalanche last season when they went on to win the Stanley Cup. Furthermore, he has over 1,000 games of NHL experience, so he could be a good mentor for a contender’s younger players.

In 39 games this season with the Blackhawks, Johnson has four assists and 12 penalty minutes. Overall, although he has not been lighting up the league by any stretch of the imagination, he still is serviceable to have in a depth role, so don’t be surprised to see him move to a playoff team at the deadline.

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