Jets place Miettinen on waivers

Winnipeg Jets right winger Antti Miettinen looks for a pass during practice in Winnipeg Dec. 30,...

Winnipeg Jets right winger Antti Miettinen looks for a pass during practice in Winnipeg Dec. 30, 2011. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:19 PM ET

Antti Miettinen has waived his no-movement clause and been placed on waivers by the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets winger has only four assists in 27 games since the team claimed him off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning would have first right of refusal to claim him, since they were the team that originally signed him to a two-year deal after Miettinen’s brief stint in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Because Miettinen started the season in Europe, he also needs to clear waivers in order for the Jets to explore a potential trade.

“I don’t know, It just gives them the option to do that if they find somebody to do it,” said Miettinen. “I didn’t approach them, but it was something we discussed. I don’t want to be in the way of doing what they want to do.”

The Jets are back in action Saturday afternoon against the St. Louis Blues.

“They’re one of the top teams in the West and they have been there for a while, especially since they got their new coach,” said Jets winger Blake Wheeler. “It’s going to be a really tight-checking, physical game.”

For the stats junkies, the NHL made a scoring change on the Jets' third goal in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It’s been given back to Evander Kane, who was originally credited with it.

Kane has a team-high 24 goals this season, while captain Andrew Ladd has 20 to sit second.

The Jets are currently in third spot in the Eastern Conference, though the Florida Panthers have four games in hand.

The Blues occupy fourth spot in the West and have moved up the standings since Ken Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne.


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