Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Center Ryan Russell

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 13: Ryan Russell #25 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates his first career NHL goal during the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Nationwide Arena on January 13, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 4-3. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

The Blue Jackets add to their depth with the signing of Russell.

The Columbus Blue Jackets made some news on the transaction front today when they signed center Ryan Russell to a one-year deal.

Russell was acquired by Columbus from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Mike Blunden. Last season he scored two goals in 41 games for Columbus. He also plays 31 games for Springfield of the AHL and tallied nine goals and six assists.

The 25-year-old signed a two-way contract, meaning that he also has the ability to play in the AHL during this upcoming season.

Columbus and every other team in the NHL can officially begin signing free agents on July 1. After missing the playoffs last season, the Blue Jackets will be looking to address a number of areas to get into the postseason.

For more on the Blue Jackets, head to Jackets Cannon. And for more NHL news and information, head over to SB Nation's NHL hub page.

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