Benny and the Jets
by BMS on 12/13/11 at 03:56 PM ET
According to the usual suspects on Twitter, the Winnipeg Jets have claimed Finnish winger Antti Miettinen off re-entry waivers from the KHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning had signed him to a two-year, $3 million contract, but won’t get to see him in a Bolts jersey in the foreseeable future.
With Nik Antropov, Eric Fehr and Alexander Burmistrov out of the lineup tonight against the Minnesota Wild, the Jets will need all the healthy bodies they can get. He won’t be in the lineup tonight (obviously), so the Jets will likely be short up front. Ron Hainsey, however, is back tonight, meaning the defence will get some much-needed help.
I don’t know a ton about him, but he seems like a decent enough pick-up. Miettinen will be the most popular Finnish player in Winnipeg for exactly four days, when Teemu Selanne and the Anaheim Ducks visit the MTS Centre. Enjoy it while you can, bud.
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Fifteen years ago, Ben's beloved Winnipeg Jets left town. He begrudgingly turned to the Montreal Canadiens for comfort and found none, and is now struggling to find a place in his heart for the Winnipeg Jets v2.0.
Ben is a Winnipeg-based freelance writer that writes a lot about wine and beer. Expect his son to be drafted into the NHL in 2025.