The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, have signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season.
Johnson’s contract is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 204-pound defenseman, skated in 56 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12, registering three goals and setting NHL career highs with 13 assists and 16 points, while collecting 16 penalty minutes.
In 2010-11, Johnson recorded AHL career highs in goals with nine, assists with 26 and points with 35, while recording a plus-10 rating and adding 70 penalty minutes in 72 games with Milwaukee.
An AHL All-Star as a rookie in 2004, Johnson has registered 26 goals and 83 assists for 109 points in 251 career AHL games with Milwaukee, Rockford, Bridgeport and Syracuse.
He has also played in 281 NHL games with Columbus, Edmonton, Calgary, Chicago and the New York Islanders, tallying 17 goals and 45 assists for 62 total points.
The Port Hawkesbury, N.S., native was selected by Columbus in the third round (85th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.