COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenceman Aaron Johnson to a one-year contract.
General manager Scott Howson announced the move on Tuesday, which allows Johnson to play at either the NHL or American Hockey League levels.
The 28-year-old Johnson, the Blue Jackets' fourth pick in the 2001 draft, was a free agent after playing last season with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.
Johnson has 14 goals and 32 assists with a plus-13 rating in 225 career NHL games, including seven goals and 19 assists in 116 games with the Blue Jackets from 2003-07.
He has also played for Calgary and Edmonton.
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