Johnson underwent successful sports hernia related surgery Friday and is expected to fully recover by June or July, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. This is a hit to the Rangers' defensive depth, but it won't impact any fantasy lineups, as Johnson's potted one goal while posting a minus-5 rating in 13 games this campaign while bouncing between the active roster and the taxi squad.
Johnson was designated for the taxi squad Tuesday, per CapFriendly. Johnson cleared waivers Monday and has finally been placed on the taxi squad. The 34-year-old can continue to practice and travel with the big club, but he'll need to be promoted before suiting up again. With Adam Fox in COVID-19 protocol, Johnson's next opportunity may not be too far away.
Johnson has been placed on waivers, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca reports. If nobody claims Johnson, he will likely report to the Rangers' taxi squad and continue to serve as insurance in case of injuries on the team's blue line. The 34-year-old defenseman's fate should be of little interest to fantasy managers, as he has just one point in 13 appearances this season and hasn't scored more than 13 points since the 2016-17 campaign.
Johnson scored a goal on two shots while adding one hit and one blocked shot in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins. The veteran blueliner opened the scoring midway through the first period, giving Johnson his first goal, and first point, of the season through 13 games. He's been spotted in and out of the lineup this season and typically sees a bottom-pairing assignment when he does suit up, giving Johnson little fantasy appeal in any format.
Johnson (groin) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against Philadelphia. Johnson, who's been sidelined since late January with a groin issue, will likely slot into a bottom-four role for Thursday's contest. He's gone scoreless while posting a minus-4 rating through five games this campaign.
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