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Jets add to blue-line depth with Sbisa

Luca Sbisa was signed by Anaheim Tuesday, but had to clear waivers. (Bill Sikes / The Associated Press files)</p>

Luca Sbisa was signed by Anaheim Tuesday, but had to clear waivers. (Bill Sikes / The Associated Press files)

Luca Sbisa has been added to a Winnipeg Jets blue-line unit seemingly in an interminable state of flux.

The former Ducks, Islanders, Golden Knights, Canucks and Flyers defenceman was picked up on waivers by the Jets this morning.

He joins the Jets at a time when Nathan Beaulieu (lower body) is still on injured reserve and Tucker Poolman (undisclosed) is considered day to day. Dustin Bufuglien remains on a personal leave. Meanwhile, Winnipeg has a decision to make on rookie Ville Heinola, who has suited up for eight games. If he plays one more, the first year of his entry-level contract goes into effect.

Sbisa has yet to play a game this season and was signed by Anaheim Tuesday on a one-year $750,000 deal but had to clear waivers before beginning a second tour of duty in California.

Winnipeg claimed the left-shooting former first-round draft pick (2008, Philadelphia), who has 504 NHL games under his belt, scoring 18 goals and setting up 85 others since debuting with the Flyers 11 years ago.

In just nine games last year with the New York Islanders, he had a lone assist.

 

 

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