Jack Johnson and his wife were “ready for anything” Monday as they sat at home waiting to learn his fate. The 3 p.m. trade deadline came and passed, and Johnson was still a Blue Jackets defenseman.

“It just gives you some clarity on your future,” Johnson said. “You know you’re not going to have to pack up and move between now and the end of the season.”

Johnson, a pending unrestricted free agent, had asked the Jackets to trade him, but said Monday his situation in Columbus has improved.

“Since Christmas, I really feel like I’ve been playing well,” Johnson said. “I’ve been getting some more ice (time). Things have been going well for quite a bit (of time) here.”