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Jets place Clitsome on IR, recall Melchiori

Dec 26, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

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The Winnipeg Jets made some defensive adjustments on Thursday, placing Grant Clitsome on the IR while recalling Julian Melchiori from the AHL.

Clitsome, 28, was placed on the injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 17.

While his point production has been respectable enough (12 in 32 games), Clitsome’s recent increased value can be seen clearest in his ice time, as he’s jumped from 18:50 in 2012-13 to 19:47 minutes per game this season. That workload is second only to his sophomore season when he was with Columbus; he averaged 21:16 per contest with the Blue Jackets in 2010-11.

Melchiori, 22, hasn’t played in the NHL yet in his career. The Jets (then the Atlanta Thrashers) selected Melchiori in the third round (87th overall) in 2010. He generated five assists in 18 AHL games with the St. John’s IceCaps so far this season.

  1. JoeAvg - Dec 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Greatest name in all of pro sports.

    Is his locker room moniker rubber or liquor?

    • charastein - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      My little friends, Beavis and Butthead, love his name. Whenever they mention him on NHL14 or during a live game they crack up for hours.

      Huh huh huh, they said “clitsome.”

  2. rushledger - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    It was a low risk move getting him of waiver and all, of course the Winnipeg GM is only good for low risk moves, yet to make one major move at all.

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    He hasn’t made a big one because I don’t believe there are many to be made.
    He tried to make a deal at the deadline but a player wouldn’t waive his limited no trade clause. The fact is, he’s the GM for the Winnipeg Jets.
    Fact – not a lot of players want to come to Winnipeg


    – A life long Winnipegger

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