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.”