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Jets sign Clitsome to three-year, $6.2 million deal

Jul 2, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

Grant Clitsome #24 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 10, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Jets 3-2 in the shootout.
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The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to a three-year, $6.2 million contract with defenseman Grant Clitsome, according to the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe. That means he will avoid the unrestricted free agent market.

The 28-year-old had four goals, 16 points, and tied for the team high with a plus-10 rating in 44 games last season. He’s a physical defender that blocks shots while chipping in a bit shorthanded and with the man advantage.

This deal represents a meaningful increase over his previous cap hit of $1.25 million and gives the Jets four defenseman locked in to one-way deals, including Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien, and Mark Stuart.

The Jets last noteworthy defenseman that can become an unrestricted free agent is Ron Hainsey. He averaged 22:51 minutes in 47 games last season. Hainsey, 32, was also by far the team’s leader in shorthanded minutes.

With Clitsome off the market, the projected group of unrestricted free agent defenseman is even thinner. It might end up being headlined by Carlo Colaiacovo, Marek Zidlicky, Joe Corvo, Hainsey, and Rob Scuderi.

  1. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Best name in the league! haha!

    • drone501 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      the guy has to be as tough as nails going through life with a name like that. dupie, brownie clitty. damn

  2. giantssb42champs - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Wow what an unfortunate name.

  3. jaredphi - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Good signing for WPG.

    And, yes, he does have a great name.

  4. 19to77 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    About half a dozen GMs are cursing right now. He’s not a top-tier D by any stretch, but a responsible own-zone defender with a reasonable cap hit is something a fair number of teams were looking for.

  5. scrouch - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Good signing. He’s not top 4 but did pretty well when put into that role last season. But he’s a reliable 3rd pairing guy who has done well since the Jets picked him up.

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