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CHN Exclusive: Jack Johnson has made the Avalanche roster



Jack Johnson

Late-breaking news: I’ve learned that Jack Johnson and the Avalanche have an agreement on a new contract for the 2021-22 season. Colorado Hockey Now first reported that the 34-year-old veteran defenseman was likely to sign a deal with the Avs after getting a professional tryout contract. Tonight, an agreement in principle was reached.

Jack Johnson will sign a one-year deal with the Avs, likely on Sunday, but it might not be announced until Monday. The money is likely to be in the $1 million range, but I don’t know the exact figure at this moment.

Johnson played in five of six preseason games, and finished up well tonight, with a plus-2 showing in Colorado’s 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. He played nearly 18 minutes in the contest, and he projects as either a fifth or sixth defenseman when the puck drops for real on Wednesday night against the Chicago  Blackhawks.

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Yay! Now we have Johnson and Johnson on defense! Until EJ gets injured in game 4…

Yan Girard

I hope that Johnson and Johnson on defense will better than the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 🙂

Bob Neal

I’m glad they picked up a second Johnson. The team looked much less intimidated on Saturday night with guys like Jack Johnson in the lineup. Maybe management has turned a corner in their thinking.

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