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Jets sign forwards Albert, Cormier, O'Dell

Saturday, 07.19.2014 / 12:47 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Jets sign forwards Albert, Cormier, O'Dell
The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forwards John Albert, Patrice Cormier, and Eric O’Dell, the team announced Saturday.

The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forwards John Albert, Patrice Cormier and Eric O'Dell, the team announced Saturday.

Albert, 25, agreed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $585,000. Last season, he played in nine games for Winnipeg and scored in his NHL debut against the New York Rangers on Dec. 2.

The Cleveland native played 63 games for the St. John's IceCaps in the American Hockey League and had 28 goals and 17 assists. He had a goal and six assists in 21 Calder Cup Playoff games. Albert was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the sixth round (No. 175) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Cormier, 24, agreed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $625,000. Last season, he played in one game with the Jets and had three assists. He has played 49 NHL games with Atlanta/Winnipeg and has five points (one goal, four assists). Cormier had nine goals, 17 assists and 98 penalty minutes in 61 games for St. John's last season and had two goals and five assists in 21 postseason games. He was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (No. 54) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

O'Dell, 24, agreed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000. He played 30 games for Winnipeg last season and had three goals and four assists. The Ottawa native averaged a point per game for St. John's (17 goals, 25 assists) in 42 games and had nine goals and five assists in 21 playoff games. O'Dell was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (No. 39) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

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