Sounds like former first-rounder Armia’s on his way to Winnipeg (Updated)


Could Joel Armia’s Winnipeg Jets debut be on the horizon?

Certainly looks that way.

On Monday, Finnish news outlet Iltasanomat reported that Armia, one of the prospects acquired from Buffalo in last season’s Evander Kane trade, has been recalled from AHL Manitoba.

UPDATE: Yup, he’s on his way to the ‘Peg. The club confirmed the transaction on Monday morning, also announcing that goalie Ondrej Pavelec has been placed on IR.

Armia, 22, was taken 16th overall by the Sabres in 2011 and appeared in one game for the club before getting dealt to the Jets.

He’s spent most of his time in North America playing in the AHL — previously with Rochester, now with Manitoba — and, this season, has three goals and seven points in 15 games.

It’s unclear why the Jets are making the move at this time. There are no reported injuries at forward but, in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arizona, forwards Andrew Copp and Anthony Peluso barely played (neither broke four minutes of TOI).

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