The Pittsburgh Penguins and general manager Jim Rutherford have found themselves in a bit of a salary cap problem. 

The Penguins are currently over the roster limit and no cap space or waiver protected players to send down. 

Defenseman Jack Johnson was once again a healthy scratch recently and rumblings are that he might not be able to crack the lineup for any of the six defensive spots this year. 

General manager Jim Rutherford has been trying to move Johnson and his $3.25million cap for the next four years but hasn't found any takers. 

"Pittsburgh will trade a defenceman. There’s been much speculation out there about Jack Johnson. That’s a tough contract to move, but Jimmy Rutherford will move one of his blueliners.” NHL insider Darren Dreger mentioned recently on TSN. 

Rob Rossi of The Athletic points out that the Penguins would likely have to retain salary in a Johnson trade.


Source: Darren Dreger TSN / Rob Rossi The Athletic