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Jets add free agents Dekanich, Maxwell to the mix

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THE Winnipeg Jets added two more free agents Friday, though neither of them were from the "best of the rest" unrestricted free-agent category in the NHL.

Both signings targeted organizational depth.

Centre Ben Maxwell returns to the Jets after splitting time between Winnipeg (nine games) and the 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.

Mark 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 issues 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, that with Nashville, and he played in the Nashville system after graduating from Colgate University in 2008.

He's 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

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 7, 2012 C2

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