The Tampa Bay Lightning
were hoping to add Antti Miettinen
to boost their offense, but the Winnipeg Jets
claimed him on waivers, the team announced Tuesday.
Miettinen began this season with Kazan Ak-Bars in the KHL, but the Lightning signed him to a two-year contract Monday. He had to pass through waivers to be eligible to play for Tampa Bay, but the Jets snared him on Tuesday morning.
"We always said that we would be proactive and take a look at all the options that presented themselves," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff
said. "He's shown a lot of versatility in his game. He's a real good character person that can bring a lot to the dressing room and the team."
The 31-year-old Miettinen has 89 goals and 212 points in 472 career NHL games for Dallas and Minnesota. He had 2 goals and 8 points in 20 games in the KHL this season.
The Jets like Miettinen's experience and versatility, particularly for a lineup that remains in need of some additional scoring punch. Nik Antropov
and Eric Fehr
have battled injuries lately. Miettinen has reached 11 or more goals in each of his past six NHL seasons, and notched 16 goals last season with Minnesota, the second-highest total in his NHL career.
"He adds to our group, which is good," Jets coach Claude Noel
said. "I think he fits in our group. He's a smart player, dependable all over the ice. He can finish some. I think he makes us better."
Miettinen and his family remain in Finland, but Cheveldayoff indicated that the Jets are working to bring them to Winnipeg as quickly as possible.