WINNIPEG – It’s not a signing that will make many Jets fans sit up and take notice, but the re-signing of restricted free agent defenceman Ben Chiarot adds some depth to the Jets blueline.
The Jets came to terms with the 23-year-old Chiarot Wednesday, on a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $600,000 next season if he makes the big club.
Chiarot appeared in just one game with the Jets last season, but was a big part of the success of the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, where he scored 6 goals and 14 assists in 65 games last season. He also had 2 goals and 3 assists in the playoffs during their run to the Calder Cup Final.
Chiarot was originally a draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers where he was selected in the fourth round and 120th overall in 2009.
Without counting Alex Burmistrov, who is signed to play in the KHL next season, the Jets have only one restricted free agent remaining in forward Michael Frolik. He will have an arbitration hearing on July 31.
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