Jets sign Lipon, bridge deal could come soon for Hellebuyck


The Winnipeg Jets came that much closer to marking every item off of their “to-do list” for the summer.

They inched closer on Monday by signing rugged forward JC Lipon to a one-year, two-way deal with a $650K value at the NHL level.

Lipon was the 91st pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. He’s gotten his feet wet with the Jets a bit (an assist in nine games), and you’d figure he’ll be called upon during more physical games. He logged 129 PIM with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL, and generally falls in that range.

This leaves the Jets with one more RFA to deal with: goalie Connor Hellebuyck. It sounds like they’ll be able to avoid salary arbitration with the solid young netminder, at least according to the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe.

Wiebe believes that Hellebuyck will sign a “bridge deal” with the Jets.

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