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Winnipeg sends Cormier and Machacek to AHL

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With the NHL season over in Winnipeg, the Jets are sending forwards Patrice Cormier and Spencer Machacek back to the St. John's IceCaps, where they'll look to lead Winnipeg's AHL affiliate on a deep run in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Cormier, 21, was scoreless in nine NHL games for the Jets this season, but had 17 goals and 14 assists in 54 AHL games for the IceCaps. A second-round pick (54th overall) of the Devils in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, he was acquired by the Jets (then the Atlanta Thrashers) as part of the 2010 trade that sent Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey.

Machacek, 22, played in 13 NHL games for the Jets in 2011-12, the most NHL games he's played in a season since being picked by the Thrashers in the third round (67th overall) of the 2007 draft. He scored his first NHL goal against Washington on March 23, part of a four-game point streak.

The IceCaps are 42-23-5-3 this season, and lead the AHL's Atlantic Division. They close out the regular season this weekend with games against the Worcester Sharks, Springfield Falcons and Manchester Monarchs.

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