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Jackets sign Sifers, Gallant, Bodnarchuk

The Columbus Blue Jackets, parent club of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, have signed defenseman Jaime Sifers and forward Brett Gallant to two-year, two-way NHL/AHL contracts; and defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a one-year, two-way contract.

Sifers, 32, spent the 2014-15 season on an AHL contract with Springfield, then Columbus’s affiliate. He notched three goals and 19 assists for 22 points while skating in all 76 games for the Falcons.

A native of Stratford, Conn., Sifers has collected 24 goals and 86 assists for 110 points in 403 career AHL games with Springfield, Chicago, Houston and Toronto. He was an AHL All-Star in 2009.

Sifers has also appeared in 37 career NHL games with Toronto and Minnesota, tallying two assists.

Bodnarchuk, who turns 27 on July 11, tallied five goals and 20 assists for 25 points, along with a plus-12 rating, in 61 regular-season games for Manchester (AHL) in 2014-15, then added six assists in 19 playoff games to help the Monarchs win the Calder Cup championship.

Bodnarchuk has registered 30 goals and 104 assists for 134 points in 473 career AHL games over seven pro seasons with Manchester and Providence. In 2013-14, he led the league with a plus-43 rating.

A fifth-round selection by Boston in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Bodnarchuk has skated in five career NHL games, all with the Bruins in 2009-10.

Gallant, 26, recorded two goals and four assists for six points in 45 AHL games for Bridgeport last season while ranking second in the league with 247 penalty minutes. In 188 career AHL contests with Bridgeport and Syracuse, Gallant has totaled six goals, six assists and 862 PIM.

Gallant has also appeared in four career NHL games, all with the New York Islanders in 2013-14.