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2012 NHL Free Agency: Former Blue Jeff Woywitka Returns In One Year Deal

Apparently the Peoria Rivermen need some defensive depth, because this is not the top four defenseman that the team is looking for. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that the Blues have brought back Jeff Woywitka for a year on a two-way contract. He's NHL ready, just not really that NHL good any more.

Woywitka was last seen in New York Ranger blue. He played 27 games for the Rangers, scoring one goal and six assists, and finished with a +2 rating. In his tenure with the Blues, the most games played in a season stands as 65 -- over four seasons he played in just 152 games. His first year with St. Louis, 2005-2006, saw him net a -12 rating in just 16 games, but as the team improved so did his play.

This is a good depth move for the Rivermen/emergency call-up backup. Out of the three defensemen signed over the last two days, Woywitka has the most NHL experience and is probably the most stable to have out there.