Predators add veteran free agent to group of young defensemen

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 5:33pm

The Nashville Predators signed 27-year-old, free agent defenseman Aaron Johnson on Tuesday.

The one-year, two-way contract with an NHL salary of $550,000 provided depth and experience to the team’s group of blue liners, which is currently heavy on youngsters. In fact, he is older than five of the top six defensemen on the current roster, including first-year captain Shea Weber.

Johnson effectively has been a full-time NHL player for the past four seasons but has not appeared in more than 61 NHL games during that time. Last season he played a total of 41 for Calgary (22 appearances) and Edmonton (19 appearances).

Slightly more than half of his 225 career NHL games came with Columbus, which drafted him in the third round (85th overall) in 2001. He also has played for the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks.

Last season he set a career-high with four goals and tied his career-high with 10 points.