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Jackets erupt over Rutherford, Johnson remarks

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John Tortorella. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CRANBERRY, Pa. --  Jack Johnson spoke of wanting to play in a winning culture. Jim Rutherford intimated that there was a reason other than performance why the Penguins' free-agent signing was benched late last season by his former team.

Neither sat well with that team, the Blue Jackets.

From Johnson: “I’ve really been wanting to be a part of a winning culture, in a place where the expectations to win are as high as can be, and there’s a chance to win.”

From Rutherford: “I don’t think he had a bad year. He was a healthy scratch at the end of the season. I know the reason why. It wasn’t because of how he was playing.”

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