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Jets sign Maxwell, Dekanich

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WINNIPEG — The Jets have added two more free agents today, though neither of them are from the "best of the rest" unrestricted free-agent category in the NHL.

Centre Ben Maxwell returns to the organization after splitting time between the Jets (nine games) and AHL St. John’s IceCaps (43) last season. Maxwell, claimed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks early last season, returned to the Jets organization after six games with the Ducks.

Originally a Montreal draft pick in 2006, the 24-year-old native of North Vancouver, B.C., has 47 NHL games so far in his career.

Dekanich joins the Jets after a season with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.

The Jackets figured he may be of assistance with their NHL goaltending issues, but the 26-year-old native of North Vancouver had injuries almost all of last season.

He played just five games in the AHL for the Springfield Falcons. In his career, Dekanich has one NHL game, with Nashville, and he played in the Nashville system after graduating from Colgate University in 2008.

He has almost certainly been signed for depth at the position, where the Jets are not blessed, and could well wind up sharing time with Eddie Pasquale in St. John’s next season.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

 

 

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