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Winnipeg Jets announce five signings, some with connections to city

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets called on some players with local connections in signing their first group of free agents.

Winnipeg native Derek Meech and former Manitoba Moose forward Rick Rypien and defenceman Mark Flood were among the six signings officially announced by the NHL team on Monday.

The Jets also agreed to terms with defenceman Randy Jones, winger Tanner Glass and centre Aaron Gagnon.

Jones signed a US$1.15-million, one-year deal to join his fourth team in as many seasons. He had 13 points (1-12) in 61 games for Tampa Bay last season.

Meech, also a defenceman, appeared in 126 games for the Detroit Red Wings over the last four years and received a one-year deal that will pay him $700,000 at the NHL level.

Glass inked a $750,000, one-year deal while Rypien signed on for one season at $700,000. They most recently played for the Vancouver Canucks.

The 27-year-old Rypien appeared in just nine games for the Canucks last season before leaving the team because of personal issues. He returned late in the season and suited up with the AHL's Moose.

Gagnon signed a two-year deal — the second year is a one-way agreement that pays $525,000 — after splitting last season between the Dallas Stars and Texas Stars.

Flood spent all of last year with the Moose and is likely bound for the franchise's new affiliate in St. John's, N.L.