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Falcons sign three

July 3, 2014

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The Springfield Falcons, American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, have signed free agent forward Riley Wetmore as well as defensemen Jaime Sifers and Mathieu Coderre-Gagnon to one-year AHL contracts.

Wetmore, 24, has appeared in 41 career AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, tallying four goals and eight assists for 12 points.

A native of Swanton, Vt., Wetmore spent four seasons (2009-13) at UMass-Lowell, winning a conference championship and earning Second Team All-Star honors as a senior in 2012-13. He registered 50 goals and 61 assists for 111 points in 152 career NCAA games.

Sifers, 31, is a veteran of 327 career AHL contests with Toronto, Houston and Chicago. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound native of Stratford, Conn., has also skated in 37 career NHL games with Toronto and Minnesota. He has spent the past three seasons with Adler Mannheim of the German Elite League where he tallied nine goals, 54 assists and a plus-32 rating in 154 games.

Sifers, who competed in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic, spent four seasons at the University of Vermont (2002-06) before turning pro.

Coderre-Gagnon, 21, split the 2013-14 campaign, his first as a professional, between Bridgeport (AHL) and Stockton (ECHL). The Montreal, Que., native recorded 14 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating in seven appearances with the Sound Tigers, along with one goal, two assists and 136 PIM in 43 games with the Stockton.

Coderre-Gagnon played three seasons with Shawinigan (QMJHL) and won the Memorial Cup in 2012.

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