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Many Former Jets/Moose Have Agreed to New Deals

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Marianne Helm

The Manitoba Moose will certainly have a handful of fresh faces in its lineup come the fall, as a handful of former players from the 2017-18 squad have signed with other NHL/AHL clubs. 

Many Former Jets/Moose Have Agreed to New Deals

After being dealt as a package to Montreal along with two draft picks and recently bought out goaltender Steve Mason, former Jets’ forward Joel Armia has signed a one year deal with the Canadiens. His contract will pay him $1.85 million, a decent upgrade from the past few seasons in Winnipeg. Armia should certainly expect to play a larger role on this Habs squad in need of some offence.

Following the one-for-one trade that sent forward Chase De Leo to San Diego for Nic Kerdiles, De Leo signed a one-year contract, paying him $650K if he does make the Anaheim Ducks, and $70K if he spends the season with the Gulls. Kerdiles has yet to sign with Winnipeg/Manitoba. 

Following 324 professional games between the Manitoba Moose and the St. John’s IceCaps, and 30 games with the Winnipeg Jets, defenceman Julian Melchiori determined the best course to his future success was to sign elsewhere. He landed a one-year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers, bringing him to the Eastern Conference. Melchiori is still in search of his first NHL goal. 

Jake Kulevich – who split the 2017-18 season between the Manitoba Moose and the Jacksonville Icemen – skated in 44 professional games in Manitoba over the past two seasons, collecting five assists. The Defenceman was a plus 9 in 2017-18 and scored his first AHL goal in the playoffs this past spring. Kulevich signed a one-year AHL deal with the Bakersfield Condors this past week. 

The Moose open their 76-game schedule on October 5th in Iowa against the Wild, while the preseason gets underway in mid-September. 

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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