The Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent Tim Erixon to a one-year, $600,000 contract. But the term and money aren't the big story here.

Erixon's deal is a one-way, NHL contract, meaning he'll make $600,000 whether he plays with the Blue Jackets or is sent down to play for AHL Springfield. Put another way: this is likely the first year Erixon will stick in the NHL.

During all three seasons of his entry-level deal signed with the New York Rangers, Erixon played both AHL and NHL. He's played 132 games in the AHL and 51 games in the NHL, including only two with the Blue Jackets last season.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said repeatedly last season that he felt Erixon was an NHL-level player stuck in the AHL because of the Blue Jackets depth on the blue line.