Ponikarovsky signs one-year, $1.8 million deal with Jets Staff

7/1/2012 4:05:21 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have signed free agent forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

The 32-year-old Ukrainian-born forward scored 14 goals and 19 assists in 82 games split between the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes in 2011-12.

In 636 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Devils, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs, Ponikarovsky has scored 135 goals and added 179 assists.

He played under a one-year deal worth $1.5 million last season.

The Leafs originally selected Ponikarovsky in the fourth round (87th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.