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Jets extend Chiarot -- two year, $2.8 million

Colorado Avalanche v Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 4: Ben Chiarot #7 of the Winnipeg Jets keeps an eye on the play during second period action against the Colorado Avalanche at the MTS Centre on March 4, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jets defeated the Avs 6-1. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Winnipeg has retained some of its defensive depth, re-signing Ben Chiarot to a two-year deal worth $2.8 million.

It’s a $1.4 million average annual cap hit for the 26-year-old, and a nice pay bump from the $850,000 he was making on his previous deal.

Chiarot had a nice campaign in ’16-17, scoring a career-high 12 points while appearing in 59 games. The season ended on a down note, however, as he suffered an upper-body injury in mid-March and was shut down for the year.

Looking ahead, Chiarot will likely continue to serve in a depth role for the Jets. The club is bringing back nearly all of the same defensemen it had last year, and it’s expected youngster Josh Morrissey will take on an even bigger role.