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Raffl converts PTO into one-year, $575K deal with Jets

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Winnipeg Jets’ Thomas Raffle, left, gets past Minnesota Wild’s Charlie Coyle during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


There’s another Raffl in the NHL.

On Tuesday, the Jets announced that Thomas Raffl -- the older brother of Flyers forward Michael Raffl -- has signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $575,000.

Raffl, 29, was in Winnipeg’s camp on a PTO after a lengthy career in Europe. He spent time playing in Sweden and his native Austria, most recently with powerhouse EC Red Bull Salzburg -- last year, Raffl scored 53 points in 52 games for Salzburg and three in seven games for Austria while serving as team captain at the World Hockey Championships.

“We would like to recognize and express our appreciation to the EC Red Bull Salzburg organization for allowing Thomas and the Winnipeg Jets this opportunity,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a statement.

With the Jets, Raffl projects to play in the bottom-six forward group, where he can utilize his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame in a checking-slash-energy role.

For now, though, he’ll start out with the club’s AHL affiliate in Manitoba.