Report: Jack Johnson requests trade from Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson has requested a trade, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline.

Johnson has two goals and five assists in 46 games and is earning $4,357,143 this season, after which he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

The 31-year-old has been a Blue Jacket since being acquired in the middle of the 2011-12 season from the Los Angeles Kings.

He entered Friday’s action averaging just 19:25 minutes a game this season, the lowest total of his career.

The third-overall pick of the 2005 NHL Draft has long struggled in possession metrics, having never posted a full season with a Corsi above 50 per cent.

The Indianapolis native has represented the United States at the Olympics in 2010 and World Cup in 2016.

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