The Winnipeg Jets have locked up a pair of familiar faces who would have been eligible to find new hockey homes next month.

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The Winnipeg Jets have locked up a pair of familiar faces who would have been eligible to find new hockey homes next month.

Centre Seth Griffith and winger JC Lipon both inked new one-year, two-way deals with the organization Thursday. Both were pending unrestricted free agents as of July 1 and provide some depth for the NHL club.

Griffith, 26, led the Manitoba Moose in scoring last year, with 16 goals and 41 assists in 69 regular-season games. He has 300 points in 318 career AHL games, while also skating in 79 NHL games with Boston, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. He has eight goals and 11 helpers in those contests. The Ontario native didn't see any action with the Jets last year after signing a free-agent deal last summer.

Lipon, 25, was taken by Winnipeg in the third round (91st overall) in the 2013 NHL draft and has been an alternate captain with the Moose for the past three seasons. He had 11 goals and 15 assists, along with 121 penalty minutes, in 60 games last year. For his AHL career, Lipon has 191 points in 391 games. The Regina native also dressed for nine games with the Jets in the 2015-16 season, putting up one assist.

Griffith and Lipon would make $700,000 if playing in the NHL. Financial terms of their AHL deals were not disclosed.

It's been a busy couple of weeks for general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who has now re-signed five players so far this off-season with pending restricted free agents Laurent Brossoit, Logan Shaw and C.J. Suess also agreeing to new one-year deals. He also signed a free agent from the KHL in Russian winger Andrei Chibisov, while trading the rights to pending UFA Kevin Hayes to Philadelphia in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

The Jets still have 11 pending RFAs, including big names such as Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Jacob Trouba. There are also nine remaining UFAs, including Tyler Myers, Brandon Tanev and Ben Chiarot.

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