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Investigating potential options for the Pittsburgh Penguins to get rid of Jack Johnson

It’s Penguins’ fans biggest request this offseason, but one that might not even come through. How can the Pens get out from the contract of Jack Johnson? The veteran was signed last summer to a still ludicrous five year contract with an annual average value of $3.25 million per season.

Johnson, for his part, failed on about every aspect general manager Jim Rutherford advertised him as last summer. He was on the ice for the most goals for, he could not play either side of the ice, struggling even more mightily on his off-side, didn’t add any appreciable offense, had poor zone exit and entry issues and dragged down teammates possession-wise.