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Winnipeg Jets Re-Sign Kyle Wellwood and Paul Postma

WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 22: Kyle Wellwood #13 of the Winnipeg Jets warms up on the ice before a game against of the Montreal Canadiens in NHL action at the MTS Centre on December 22, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
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Anthony CapocciContributor IJuly 13, 2012

The Winnipeg Jets have made two important signings this afternoon to help bolster their team.

Kyle Wellwood, who had a career-high in points while tying his career-high in goals last season, has re-signed with the Jets according to TSN's Darren Dreger. The deal is for one year and is worth $1.6 million, an upgrade from his $700,000 contract last season.

The Jets have also signed RFA defenseman Paul Postma to a one-year deal according to Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun. The contract is a one-year one-way deal worth $550,000.

 

ANALYSIS

The Winnipeg Jets have made two very important signings this afternoon. Wellwood has made himself very unexpectedly useful after his career-high season last year. The Jets could use his skill set for another year and the potential to see him improve exists.

It's looking more and more likely that the Jets are going to have a very competitive team as their top three lines continue to grow.

Look for Wellwood to fit somewhere on the third or fourth line, possibly even playing with Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky. All three have played together in Toronto.

Postma is another good under-the-radar signing. He has potential to be a very stellar offensive defenseman in this league and will get the opportunity to prove himself next year.

Postma played in three NHL games with the Jets last season, but spent most of his time in the AHL with the St. Johns IceCaps.

The book on Postma is offense. He has a top-notch shot from the point as he showed in St. John's all year, and he'll be poised to carry it over to the NHL.

Expect Postma to challenge for the sixth defensive spot come training camp and preseason.

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