Bringing back forward on a two-way deal
For the second time in less than a week, the Winnipeg Jets have re-signed an unrestricted free agent to a contract that could potentially make that player a member of the St. John’s IceCaps next season.
Wednesday, the Jets announced they’re bringing back forward Matt Halischuk on a one-year deal worth $725,000 at the National Hockey League level.
However, it is a two-way, with an AHL component, making it similar to the one Winnipeg gave to Keaton Ellerby when it re-signed the unrestricted free-agent defenceman last week,
It must be noted Halischuk also operated on a two-way deal with the Jets in 2013-14 and spent the entire season in the NHL.
Both Halischuk and Ellerby would have to clear waivers to be assigned to the AHL’s IceCaps.
The 26-year-old Halischuk played 46 games with the Jets collecting five goals and five assists. In all, he has appeared in 203 NHL games for New Jersey, Nashville, and Winnipeg, registering 64 points (30G, 34A) and 47 penalty minutes.
The Jets now have very much the same roster they had at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, with 19 players — 12 forwards, six defenceman and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec — who have NHL contracts and who started and finished last season in Winnipeg.
You can make it 21 if you ignore the three games rearguard Adam Pardy played with St. John’s at the start of the season before being permanently promoted to Winnipeg and the time Ellerby spent as an inactive member of the Los Angeles Kings before being claimed on waivers by the Jets in November.