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Avalanche Sign 4-Year Deal With Erik Johnson

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Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center on March 12, 2012 in Denver. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center on March 12, 2012 in Denver. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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DENVER (AP) – Top-scoring defenseman Erik Johnson is staying with the Colorado Avalanche.

The team announced Tuesday that it signed the 24-year-old restricted free agent to a four-year contract. The terms weren’t released.

Johnson led all Avalanche defensemen last season with 26 points in 73 games.

The Bloomington, Minn., native won a silver medal while playing with the U.S. team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

He was drafted No. 1 overall by Saint Louis in the 2006 NHL entry draft. Colorado acquired him from Saint Louis in a trade in 2011.

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