December 28, 2011; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28) skates with the puck as New York Rangers defenseman Jeff Woywitka (6) chases in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Jeff Woywitka Returns

This Monday Blues GM Doug Armstrong announced that the team has signed defenseman Jeff Woywitka to a one-year contract. Woywitka played in 152 games for the Blues from 2005 to 2009, recording 35 points (6 goals, 29 assists), with 106 penalty minutes.

Last season, Woywitka appeared in 27 games for the New York Rangers. He had only six points (1 goal, 5 assists). He also dressed in 6 games for the Rangers’ American Hockey League  affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, totaling three assists and six penalty minutes.

Overall, the 28 year old, 6’3, 227-pound defenseman has appeared in 278 career National Hockey League games including stints with St. Louis, Dallas, and New York for 9 goals, 46 assists, and 149 penalty minutes.

Unfortunately this signing seems to be rather insignificant, and as Kevin points out in his recent article, the Blues will be looking for some actual depth on D. There is no telling how Woywitka will do, and perhaps we will see a resurgence from him. Perhaps he will bolster our defensive depth. As we saw when Alex Pietrangelo went down in the postseason, the Blues will certainly need quality, not quantity.


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