By Scott Billeck
The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with Nashville Predators free-agent Matt Halischuk. The one-year, two-way deal pays Haischuk $650,00 in the NHL and 250,000 in the AHL.
Halischuk’s name popped up on the roster of the Winnipeg Jets website, early in the day on Thursday. That led to a swirl of rumours. Late Thursday afternoon the club made it official.
Halischuk, 25, appeared in 36 games with the Predators during the 2012-13 season. In that time, the right-handed winger recorded 11 points including five goals . He also suited up for two games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and contributed two goals and one assist.
Statistically speaking, Halischuk’s best year came in the 2011-12 season where he posted 28 points in 73 games played including 15 goals.
The Toronto product has appeared in 157 career NHL games with New Jersey and Nashville and has 54 career points (25 goals, 29 assists), and 41 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Devils in the fourth round, 117th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Halischuk will likely be a third- or fourth-line player and brings a gritty presence to the rink. He is also capable of playing on either wing.
With files from the Winnipeg Jets official website.