Blues sign Woywitka to two-way deal

The St. Louis Blues, parent club of the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen, announced Monday the club has signed defenseman Jeff Woywitka to a one-year, two-way contract.

Woywitka, 28, appeared in 27 games for the New York Rangers in 2011-12 recording six points (one goal, five assists) and eight penalty minutes while also dressing in six games for the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, tallying three assists and six penalty minutes.

A former Blue, Woywitka played in 152 games with the club from 2005 to 2009 posting 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) and 106 penalty minutes.

Overall, the 6-foot-3, 227-pound defenseman has appeared in 278 career National Hockey League games including stints with St. Louis, Dallas and New York, amassing 55 points (nine goals, 46 assists) and 149 penalty minutes. In 321 AHL games with Connecticut, Peoria, Edmonton/Toronto and Philadelphia, Woywitka has totaled 21 goals and 106 assists for 127 points.

The Vermilion, Alta., native was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, 27th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.