The Winnipeg Jets have signed free agent forwards Patrice Cormier and Matt Fraser to matching one-year, two-way contracts worth $650,000, the club announced on Thursday.
Cormier spent much of the 2014-15 season with the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps scoring 12 goals and 21 points in 47 games. The 25-year-old appeared in one game with the Jets last season.
Fraser split the 2014-15 season between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers. He appeared in 24 games with the Bruins scoring three goals. The Oilers claimed Fraser off of waivers from the Bruins in December.
In 36 games in Edmonton, Fraser scored five goals and four assists.
As Jets’ beat writer Ken Wiebe notes, Fraser has been a prolific goal scorer at the AHL level scoring 90 goals and 131 points in 181 games.
The latest development in the Evander Kane saga has the Winnipeg Jets placing the winger on injured reserve.
The team didn’t share what exactly is ailing him, but TSN’s Ryan Rishaug points out that the IR assignment is retroactive to Feb. 2.
The Winnipeg Free-Press’ Gary Lawless reports that Kane has been nursing an injury all season long. An ailment sidelined him from Dec. 27 to January 10 (resulting in his first trip to the IR in 2014-15).
Head coach Paul Maurice noted that the 23-year-old was unable to practice today because he was seeing a doctor:
It sounds like surgery is at least a possibility for the young forward:
The Jets face the Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday and then host the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The power forward will miss at least those contests with his IR assignment.
As has been noted, the team is facing plenty of issues, it just happens to be that Kane’s rumored problems draw the biggest headlines.
(For more on his reported incident with Dustin Byfuglien, click here.)
The Jets recalled Patrice Cormier from the AHL in Kane’s absence.
Evander Kane might not be able to play for the Winnipeg Jets against the Minnesota Wild on Monday. The Winnipeg Sun’s Kirk Penton reports that Kane is currently listed as questionable for that game.
Winnipeg recalled Patrice Cormier in case Kane cannot play against Minnesota tomorrow. Penton points out that Mathieu Perreault didn’t practice on Sunday, yet that was just considered a maintenance day and he should be good to face the Wild.
Injuries and inconsistency have made for a rocky start to the season for Kane. The 23-year-old has six goals and 15 points in 26 games so far in 2014-15.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.
Colorado (2-4-2) is coming off a 7-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks Friday night. Winnipeg (2-5-0) meanwhile is 1-3-0 on home ice this season and have just one win in their last six.
Colorado had just 12 goals-for in their first seven games prior to the win over Vancouver.
“As an offensive team, you need to see pucks go in to get your confidence,” said Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. “We’ve had games where we probably could have scored that many goals and we didn’t. It’s frustrating (knowing that), and really nice to see all those go in.
“I know that everyone’s going to have a little more jump in their step. It bleeds into the next game.”
Colorado was 3-0-2 against the Jets last season with the final four games ending in overtime or a shootout.
Winnipeg has also struggled offensively averaging less than two goals per game while allowing nearly three.
Centre Bryan Little leads the Jets with four goals. Blake Wheeler has five goals and 10 assists in a seven-game point streak against Colorado.
The Jets recalled center Patrice Cormier from its’ American Hockey League affiliate on Saturday. Cormier had two goals in four games for the St. John’s IceCaps.
“Clearly there’s some good offense that’s being had by our team that’s not being converted into goals,” coach Paul Maurice told NHL.com. “There’s some guys up front who are really high-end skill level.
“We need that first aggressive push and then we need our people working real hard back to get it done.”
Semyon Varlamov (1-2-1) gets the Start for the Avalanche while Ondrej Pavelec (2-4-0) is the likely starter for the Jets.
The Winnipeg Jets may not be making a big dent in the unrestricted free agent market, but they are taking care of their own.
The team announced they’ve re-signed three restricted free agents to separate one-year deals. Forwards Eric O’Dell ($650,000), Patrice Cormier ($625,000), and John Albert ($585,000) all inked new deals.
The highlighted guy of this bunch is O’Dell who played in 30 games for the Jets last season and scored three goals with four assists. Cormier and Albert each played in nine games. Cormier registered three assists and Albert scored one goal.
Winnipeg has two restricted free agents left to sign. Michael Frolik is the big one and they’ve taken him to team-elected arbitration. It’s not expected they’ll make it all the way to court as they should get a deal done ahead of then. The other is depth defenseman Ben Chiarot who appeared in one game for the Jets last season.