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Jets sign Kyle Wellwood

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 11:00 AM / NHL Free Agency 2011

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Jets sign Kyle Wellwood
The Winnipeg Jets have signed free-agent center Kyle Wellwood. Both the Winnipeg Free Press and the Winnipeg Sun reported that the 28-year-old signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.
The Winnipeg Jets have signed free-agent center Kyle Wellwood. Both the Winnipeg Free Press and the Winnipeg Sun reported that the 28-year-old signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.

The six-year veteran has played in 373 regular-season games for Toronto, Vancouver and San Jose, scoring 68 goals and adding 105 assists for 173 points. He split last season between Atlant Moscow of the KHL and San Jose, appearing in 35 games for the Sharks, scoring five goals and adding eight assists, along with a plus-10 rating. He also went 1-6-7 in 18 playoff games.

Wellwood had a career-high 45 points as a rookie with the Leafs in 2005-06 and had his best goal-scoring season in 2008-09 when he fired home 18 for Vancouver.

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