The Colorado Avalanche have signed veteran left-handed defender Jack Johnson to a PTO.
Johnson, 34, spent last season with the New York Rangers where he played just 16 games and recorded one goal. He averaged 16:58 TOI/GP and was a -5. His -3.6 WAR ranks last among all skaters dating back to the beginning of the 2018-19 season, along with his -20.1 GAR. Both stats stand far away from the closest behind him. This is definitely a questionable move from the Avalanche who have Bowen Byram ready to play in the NHL consistently next season.
It is worth noting that a PTO is practically an invitation to training camp, where Johnson will then have to perform well to get himself an NHL contract. Johnson would provide leadership and bring a physical presence to Colorado, should he receive an offer from the team after training camp.