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Excited Johnson ‘perfect fit’ for Penguins

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Jack Johnson signs with the Penguins. - EVAN SCHALL / PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

CRANBERRY, Pa. --  It certainly didn't hurt to have an old friend nearby, but a reunion with Sidney Crosby is not all that swayed Jack Johnson's decision to come to Pittsburgh.

That his friend is also the best hockey player in the world and provides the best chance to win the Stanley Cup (the two are not mutually exclusive), well, that means a little more.

Johnson officially signed his five-year, $16.25 million contract with the Penguins on Sunday -- terms that were first reported earlier in the week by DKPittsburghSports.com -- this moments after the start of the NHL's free agent signing period. The contract will keep Johnson in Pittsburgh through the 2021-22 season.

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