Monday, July 2, 2012

Blues add more defensive-depth by signing Jeff Woywitka

By Andrew Allsman| Posted: July 2nd, 2012| Contact  |

The second day of free agency 2012 is underway in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Blues, like they did on Sunday, have added more defensive depth to their organization and once again it is a player the Blues are familiar with.  Blues' General Manger Doug Armstrong announced that the club will be bringing back defenseman Jeff Woywitka after agreeing on a one-year, two-way contract with the Vermillion, Alberta native.

Woywitka was a part of the Blues organization from 2005-2009 after being acquired as part of a deal that sent Chris Pronger to Edmonton.  Woywitka came to the Blues along with defensemen Eric Brewer and Doug Lynch from Edmonton.

Woywitka dressed in 152 games with the Blues accumulating 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) before being signed by the Dallas Stars in 2009.

In his NHL career, the 28-year old, 6'3", 227-pound defenseman has dressed in 278 NHL games and has posted 55 points (nine goals, 46 assists).

Woywitka is a left-handed, defensive-defenseman that is equipped with size and strength, but he will likely find himself in Peoria (AHL) at the start of next season.

Woywitka was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (27th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

On Sunday the Blues signed two other defensemen. Taylor Chorney, and Scott Ford, to two-way contracts.  The club continues to pursue a top-four defenseman and reports indicate they have interest in unrestricted-free agent Matt Carle.