The Winnipeg Jets must have like what they saw in Ben Chiarot, re-signing the physical defenceman to a two-year, one-way deal Tuesday worth an annual average value of $850,000.

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The Winnipeg Jets must have like what they saw in Ben Chiarot, re-signing the physical defenceman to a two-year, one-way deal Tuesday worth an annual average value of $850,000.

Chiarot, who was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, played 40 games with the Jets this season, scoring twice and adding six helpers to go along with 22 penalty minutes.

Defenceman Ben Chiarot

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Defenceman Ben Chiarot

Chiarot also played 24 games with the team’s AHL affiliate in St. John’s, adding four goals and five assists.

The 6'3" rookie missed 16 games due to a broken hand suffered in a fight.

Chiarot was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round, 120th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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