President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent defenseman Aaron Johnson
to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the National Hockey League level and $105,000 at the American Hockey League level.
Johnson, 27, split the 2009-10 season between Calgary (22 games) and Edmonton (19 games), posting a career high in goals (4) while tying a personal best in points (10). The 6-1, 208-pounder also a averaged career high 15:39 of ice time a season ago. In an NHL career that started in 2003-04 the Port Hawkesbury, N.S., native has racked up 46 points (14g-32a) and 191 penalty minutes in 225 games with the Flames, Oilers, Chicago, N.Y. Islanders and Columbus.
Columbus' fourth selection, 85th overall (third round), in the 2001 Entry Draft is also a two-time Memorial Cup participant, appearing in the 2003 tournament with the host Quebec Remparts, and winning the 2000 edition with the Rimouski Oceanic.