Comes the day after Winnipeg comes to similar agreements with goalies Pasquale and Hutchinson
The Winnipeg Jets continued what has been a fairly steady string of signings Saturday, announcing they've agreed on a one-year deal with restricted free agent defenceman Zach Redmond.
What makes the Redmond deal particularly interesting for fans of the St. John's IceCaps, the Jets' American Hockey League farm team, is that it is a two-way contract, worth $715,000 annually if Redmond plays at the NHL level and $65,000 in the AHL. A 24-year-old native of Traverse City, Mich., Redmond made his NHL debut in 2012-13 when he appears in eight games , recording four points (1G, 3A) and 12 penalty minutes.
However, his impressive big-league start suddenly came to a halt when he suffered a severe leg laceration during a practice when a teammate's skate cut Redmond's femoral artery. He didn't play again with Winnipeg in 2012-13, but after surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation, Redmond did get into a pair of games with the IceCaps before the end of St. John's regular season.
Redmond had spent the entire 2011-12 season with the IceCaps and played 36 games with St. John's last season during the NHL lockout. In all, he has played 111 games for St. John’s with 50 career points (16G, 34A) and 69 penalty minutes. The six-foot-two, 210-pound product of Ferris State university was originally selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round, 184th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.
Redmond is the third restricted free agent who had played with the IceCaps in 2012-13 and who had been in possession of a qualifying offer from Winnipeg to have signed a two-way contract with the Jets this week, joining centre Patrice Cormier and goaltender Eddie Pasquale.
Pasquale's deal was announced Friday, the same day the Jets revealed they had signed another goalie - Michael Hutchinson - to a two-way contract. The 23-year-old Hutchinson spent the last three seasons in the Boston Bruins' system, mostly with Boston's AHL farm team in Providence.
A third-round draft pick of the Bruins in 2008, Hutchinson played mostly behind Anton Khudobin, since graduated to the NHL and 2012-13 AHL All-Star Niklas Svedberg while in Providence. He became an unrestricted free agent when his entry-level contract expired and the Bruins did not make him a qualifying offer.
A six-foot-three, 195-pound goaltender who played junior in the IHL, mostly in his hometown of Barrie, Hutchinson adds much-needed net minding depth for the Jets at the professional level.
Without Hutchinson, Winnipeg has just four signed goalies at the pro level: Ondrej Pavelec and Al Montoya, who spent last season with the Jets; Pasquale, who played the last two years with the IceCaps; and Finnish rookie Jussi Olkinuora.