The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Erixon, 23, was acquired from the New York Rangers on July 23, 2012 in a multiplayer trade that brought Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and the Rangers' first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft (Kerby Rychel) to Columbus for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle and a third-round pick (Pavel Buchnevich) in 2013.
"I'm planning on coming to camp in great shape and earning my opportunity," Erixon told the Blue Jackets website. "It's up to me. I have to show them that I'm ready and that I've developed and can be an NHL player this year. Obviously last year wasn't what I was looking for, but I want to bounce back this year."
Selected by the Calgary Flames in the first round (No. 23) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Erixon had 38 points (five goals, 33 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 40 games last season with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. He did not have a point in two games with Columbus.
"I felt like I was playing really good hockey down in Springfield, and I felt better as the year went on," he said. "There was some bad luck involved too; I had an injury down there and had an injury up here. But at the end of the day, it comes down to me and how I play. I have to step up."
Erixon has seven assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating in 51 games with the Rangers and Blue Jackets, and 100 points (13 goals, 87 assists), 96 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 132 AHL games with the Falcons and Connecticut Whale.