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Derek Meech jets to the KHL

Jul 14, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

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A summer of turnover continues for the Winnipeg Jets, as defenseman Derek Meech signed with KHL team Dinamo Minsk, according to’s Patrick Williams.

It seems as if this trend comes in threes. Williams points out that Meech is the third Jets player to leave Winnipeg for the KHL this summer – Alex Burmistrov joined Kazan and Mark Dekanich will play for Zagreb – and also the third Jet to play for Minsk. (Evander Kane and Tim Stapleton also suited up for that KHL squad.)

Meech, 29, never really made much of an impact in Winnipeg. He played just 18 games for the Jets (16 in 2013, two in 2011-12) after playing fairly regularly for the Detroit Red Wings. He managed a single assist in his 18 games with Winnipeg.

The Jets certainly have bigger fish to fry, though, as this post points out.

Still, one cannot help but wonder how much the honeymoon period will last in Winnipeg, as the team enters its third season with a roster that doesn’t look very formidable on paper.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Why is this newsworthy? Another 4th line player goes to the KHL to make more money. Who cares.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      No one forces you to come to this site and click on a particular story.

  2. nhstateline - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Lower taxes and better weather ? Why not ?

    • narfmoo12 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      It’s terrible when your city has worse weather than Russia.

  3. mrpinkca - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    If only Pavelec would join him…

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      Really? Isn’t he one of ‘Peg’s best players?

  4. quizguy66 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Kovalchuk played for the organization that became the Jets as well. Perhaps they have a KGB mole on the inside?

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Winnipeg summer weather makes up for the winter’s.
    The NHL team is still fairly thin but the Jets have slowly built up a formidible stable of prospects with Schieffle, Trouba & Lowry all having the opportunity to try & make an impact next year. All 3 could be very good in the years to come

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