Heading into the summer Rangers management vowed to improve the organization's depth at the defense position, and on Friday the club made their third move of the week designed to bolster that depth by agreeing to terms with Aaron Johnson on a free agent contract. The 30 year-old who played with the Boston Bruins last season joins Justin Falk and Danny Syvret as veteran defensemen acquired since last Sunday by the Rangers.
Johnson will see quite a few familiar faces on the Rangers roster when he arrives for training camp in September. Originally a third round selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2001 NHL Draft, Johnson had two different stints with the Blue Jackets, playing with Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and John Moore at different times. He also played under new Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel in Columbus when Arniel was his head coach for part of the 2011-12 campaign. He also won the Memorial Cup with Brad Richards as a teammate with Rimouski in 2000.
In 281 games in the National Hockey League, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Johnson has registered 217 penalty minutes and 62 points (17-45-62). He has played for the Blue Jackets, Islanders, Blackhawks, Flames, Oilers, and Bruins. Last season he appeared in ten games with the Bruins---playing on opening night against the Rangers in Boston.
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