Jack Johnson agrees to professional tryout with Avalanche

New York Rangers' Jack Johnson (27) checks Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

The Colorado Avalanche will have Jack Johnson in training camp for the upcoming NHL season after the veteran defenceman agreed to a professional tryout Wednesday.

Johnson had season-ending sports hernia-related surgery in March and played in only 13 games last year with the New York Rangers, registering one goal and a minus-5 rating.

The 34-year-old from Indianapolis has 71 goals and 232 assists in 950 games over 15 seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York. He was a third-overall pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005.

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