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Blackhawks shore up their depth with former Canucks forward Ryan Johnson


James O’Brien

With Patrick Kane facing an injury setback and Marian Hossa still trying to come back, the Chicago Blackhawks need to bolster the depth in their lineup. Even if there’s no replacing either forward (at least from a talent standpoint).

To do so, the team is turning to former Vancouver Canucks scrapper Ryan Johnson. The team signed the speedy checking center to a two-way contract and he might appear with the Hawks as soon as Friday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, according to Kevin Allen of USA Today.

I already wrote that there’s no replacing Hossa and Kane, but that will be profoundly clear with Johnson, who won’t fill up many score sheets. His career high is 21 points, but Johnson is one of those “dirty work” guys who can at least help the team keep their heads above water.