Jets make hometown Meech first free agent signing; add Glass Staff

7/1/2011 7:58:46 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have made their first move in the free agent department agreeing to a deal with defenceman Derek Meech.

The 27-year-old defenceman spent last season in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Meech was drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings and appeared in a career high 49 games in 2009-10.

The Jets also signed forward Tanner Glass to a one-year, $750,000 contract on Friday.

The 27-year-old Glass has four year's of NHL experience, splitting time with the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers.

Last season, the Regina, Saskatchewan native put up three goals and seven assists over 73 games. In 184 career NHL games, Glass has eight goals, 15 assists and 233 penalty minutes. 

Tanner was drafted by the Panthers in the ninth round (265th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Canucks on July 4, 2009.