Jack Johnson has successful surgery, out for season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 14: Jack Johnson #27 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on January 14, 2021 in New York City. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 4-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Apparently Jack Johnson had sports hernia surgery and is out for the rest of the season. We knew he was playing hurt, but the extent was unknown. Darren Dreger reported the surgery today.

The Rangers are healthy on the blue line, so using Jack Johnson wasn’t likely going to happen much going forward. Libor Hajek will step up as the 7D in Johnson’s absence. This effectively ends Johnson’s tenure as a Ranger, and also removes him from any potential deadline deal.