On the heels of trading for the services of Devin Setoguchi, the Winnipeg Jets have gently dipped their toes into the 2013 Free Agent market, inking a trio of AHLers to new contracts.
Andrew Gordon, John Albert and Jerome Samson will all become Jets' property for the 2013-14 season. Terms of the signings have yet to be disclosed.
Gordon was originally a Washington Capitals pick, selected 197th in the 2004 Draft. Twice has he posted 20+ goal seasons at the AHL level while once tallying 37 times in the 2009-10 season. The 27 year old has played fifty-five career games in the NHL, posting a modest 7 points in those contests. His most recent stint was last season where he went scoreless in six games with the Vancouver Canucks.
Albert has spent his last two campaigns with the St. John's IceCaps, scoring 32 points in 88 games during that span. Last year he was a frequent scratch, dressing in only 24 games.
Samson, like Gordon, is another addition who has proven to be a quality scorer at the AHL level. In his six years in the league, he has topped the 20 goal plateau five times. In 2009-10, he tied Gordon's production with 37 goals of his own. Samson too has had NHL experience, earning 46 games with the Carolina Hurricanes in which he amassed 9 points.
While it's unlikely any of the players signed today will be relied upon at the NHL level, the signings of Gordon and Samson will add a scoring punch to a roster that totalled a -42 goal differential last season.
What's interesting is that Gordon (Halifax, NS) and Samson (Greenfield Park, QC) are both Eastern Canadians and perhaps the allure of playing close to home was what clinched their signings. In any event, with Jason King on his way out, it will be good for fans to have some "local talent" to cheer for.