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Blue Jackets Activate Johnson From IR; Assign Him To Syracuse

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Aaron Johnson off Injured Reserve and assigned him to the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.

Johnson, 22, has appeared in three games with the Blue Jackets this season, tallying 1-1-2 and nine penalty minutes. He was placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a sprained knee vs. Nashville on Dec. 23. He has notched 3-7-10 and 41 penalty minutes in 32 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets.

Columbus' fourth pick, 85th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft, Johnson has registered 3-16-19 and 54 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Crunch and was the AHL's 10th-leading point producer among defensemen when he was recalled on Dec. 22. In 152 career AHL games, he has 15-48-63 and 277 penalty minutes.

The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., with FSN Ohio's Ice Breaker pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.

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