Blue Jackets sign defenseman Johnson

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman 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.