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Blue Jackets sign defenseman Mikko Lehtonen to one-year deal

Lehtonen made his NHL debut in 2020-21, finishing with six assists in 26 games with Columbus and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Credit: AP Photo/Jay LaPrete
Columbus Blue Jackets' Mikko Lehtonen plays against the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Mikko Lehtonen to a one-year contract for the 2021-22 season.

Lehtonen made his NHL debut in 2020-21, finishing with six assists in 26 games with Columbus and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Originally signed by the Maple Leafs to a one-year, entry-level contract on May 4, 2020, he skated in his first career NHL game on Jan. 18, 2021.

Lehtonen came to the Blue Jackets in a trade on March 12.