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Jets’ Miettinen signs with HPK in Finnish league

Antti Miettinen, Jay McClement

Winnipeg Jets right wing Antti Miettinen, left, and Colorado Avalanche center Jay McClement, fall down against the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)


Antti Miettinen is heading home for the lockout.

Matias Strozyk of reports the Winnipeg Jets forward has signed with HPK of the SM-liiga in Finland for the duration of the lockout. There he joins up with current free agent and former Jets and Capitals forward Eric Fehr. Seven Jets players are now in Europe during the lockout.

For Miettinen, HPK is a team he’s more than familiar with having played for them before arriving in the NHL in 2003-04.

Last season with the Jets, Miettinen had five goals and eight assists in 45 games after leaving Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL. Miettinen has played eight seasons in the NHL so far.