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Jets Lose Stastny, Hutchinson, Add Depth

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Candice Ward

Day one of the Free Agent Signing Period is nearing its conclusion. Although unable to fit the demands of unrestricted free agent Paul Stastny, the Winnipeg Jets were able to check a few boxes on July 1st.

Jets Lose Stastny, Hutchinson, Add Depth

After acquiring Simon Bourque from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Joel Armia, Steve Mason two upcoming draft picks on Saturday, Winnipeg’s first move of July was the signing of goaltender Laurent Brossoit to a one-year, $650K deal.

The 25-year-old grew up in the Western Hockey League as an Edmonton Oil King before continuing his career with the Edmonton Oilers. Brossoit spent the past five seasons within the Oilers’ system, dressing in 28 games over that time period. 

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound netminder is very familiar with Jets’ starter Connor Hellebuyck, whom he has spent significant time training with in past years.

General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets made three other moves Sunday afternoon in signing Seth Griffith, Dennis Everberg and Cameron Schilling to one-year deals.

Although mainly expected to serve as insignificant depth pieces on the minor league squad, the three moves do go about speaking to Chevy’s hopes on replacing the offence lost in the Chase De Leo trade Saturday. 

Schilling (29) returns to the Moose as a defenceman, while forwards Griffith (25) and Everberg (26) will come to Winnipeg as newcomers to town with some NHL experience under their collective wings.

Two former Winnipeg Jets signed elsewhere in the early going Sunday as the aforementioned Stastny took a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Vegas Golden Knights in the early morning, before former backup goaltender Michael Hutchinson signed for one year with the Florida Panthers. Recently traded Steve Mason also cleared unconditional waivers Sunday, meaning he is now free to sign wherever he so chooses. 

With a handful of top-notch players still available on the market, and some pocket change left to be spent, the Winnipeg Jets will continue to shop as the NHL offseason rolls along. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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