Monday, August 15, 2011
Canadiens Sign Jeff Woywitka to 2-Way Deal
We've mentioned a couple of times on this site that Pierre Gauthier needed to add at least one more defenseman for the Hamilton Bulldogs, and today he decided to not make us out to be liars. The Habs signed veteran Jeff Woywitka to a one-year, two-way contract.
Woywitka is a very solid depth addition, having played 63 games for the Dallas Stars a year ago, and with over 250 NHL games under his belt. He brings good size and physicality at 6'3", 215 lbs, but is also an adept puck-mover.
Woywitka was formerly a first round selection in 2001 by the Philadelphia Flyers, and has made NHL stops in St. Louis and Dallas.
It seems evident that Gauthier doesn't want to have to deal for depth like he did last year by bringing in Brent Sopel and Paul Mara. With signings like Woywitka and Rafael Diaz, the Canadiens have a solid number of potential fill-ins should the injury bug bite the team's back end. The 'Dogs defense also looks a lot better, now with Alex Henry, Mark Mitera, Frederic St-Denis, Brendon Nash, Joe Stejskal, Diaz, and Woywitka all under contract.
Though far from a heaveyweight (think Tom Kostopoulos... feisty but somewhat of a punching bag), Woywitka is also capable of dropping the gloves when called upon to defend a teammate. Below are a couple of his fight clips.