Johnson placed on waivers by Penguins for purpose of buyout

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Jack Johnson was placed on unconditional waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday for the purpose of a buyout.

The 33-year-old defenseman had three seasons remaining on a five-year, $16.25 million contract (average annual value $3.25 million) he signed July 1, 2018. In two seasons with the Penguins, Johnson scored 24 points (four goals, 20 assists) in 149 regular-season games.

He scored 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and averaged 19:28 of ice time in 67 games this season. He did not have a point in four postseason games as the Penguins lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Johnson will be an unrestricted free agent Oct. 9.

He has scored 302 points (70 goals, 232 assists) in 937 NHL games for the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Penguins.

Goalie Matt Murray was one of five pending restricted free agents extended a qualifying offer by the Penguins. He shared time with Tristan Jarry this season; the latter signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract to stay with Pittsburgh on Oct. 3.

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