Jets sign Jaffray, Maxwell

Centre Ben Maxwell has signed a one-year, two-way deal which pays $715,000 in the NHL and $62,500...

Centre Ben Maxwell has signed a one-year, two-way deal which pays $715,000 in the NHL and $62,500 in the AHL. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency Files)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 AM ET

The Winnipeg Jets are bringing in another familiar face.

Sources confirmed on the weekend that the NHL club signed former Manitoba Moose forward Jason Jaffray to a one-year, two-way deal.

Jaffray, 30, is coming off a season in which he was limited to six regular season games and 14 more in the playoffs because of a serious knee injury suffered on the first day of training camp with the Anaheim Ducks.

The left-winger came to Winnipeg to finish his rehab and was loaned to the Moose for the stretch drive, where he had a goal and two points in the regular season and three goals and nine points in 14 Calder Cup playoff games.

Jaffray has four goals and 10 points in 36 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames.

The Olds, Alta. product joined the Moose late in 2004-05 and stayed four seasons, eventually earning a two-way, NHL contract with the Canucks.

When told after the 2008-09 season he wouldn’t be more than a depth player for the Canucks, Jaffray signed a two-year deal with Calgary, where he thought he’d have a better chance to become an NHL regular.

Although Jaffray made the Flames that fall, he was limited to three NHL games and traded to the Ducks last summer before beginning his second stint with the Moose.

The Jets also came to terms with restricted free agent Ben Maxwell on the weekend.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound centre signed a one-year, two-way deal that pays US $715,000 in the NHL and $62,500 in the AHL, according to capgeek.com.

Maxwell, drafted 49th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2006, had two points in 12 games with the Atlanta Thrashers last season after he was acquired in a trade with the Habs on Feb. 24.

The 23-year-old was acquired along with a fourth-round pick for defenceman Brent Sopel and Winnipegger Nigel Dawes and has 32 NHL games on his resume.

Maxwell also had 41 points in 49 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs and Chicago Wolves last season.

The Jets remaining restricted free agents are defencemen Zach Bogosian and Arturs Kulda and forwards Kenndal McArdle, Spencer Machacek and Riley Holzapfel.


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