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Derek Meech | Defenseman

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 197
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Derek Meech has agreed to an AHL contract with the Texas Stars.
Texas is an affiliate of the Dallas Stars. Meech, 29, has five assists in 23 KHL contests in 2013-14. He also has 17 points and 45 penalty minutes in 144 career NHL games. Jan 7 - 5:46 PM
Source: AHL.com

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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Derek Meech signed with Dinamo Minsk in the KHL.

Meech spent parts of two seasons with Winnipeg, failing to score a point in two games in 2011-12 while getting a lone assist in 16 contests in 2013. He's the third Jets player to leave for the KHL this summer.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Derek Meech got back into Winnipeg's lineup Monday night for the first time since April 1.

He registered an assist, which was his first point in 16 appearances with his hometown Jets, and had a plus-1 rating in 19:53 of ice time. Meech got back into the fold because of Zach Bogosian's injury.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 06:36:00 AM

Derek Meech finally got to make his home debut with the Jets on Tuesday night.

The Winnipeg native logged 14:05 of ice time against Toronto, while picking up a plus-2 rating and two penalty minutes. Injuries got in the way last season and the fact that he's a ways down the depth chart also hurt. Meech skated in two games with the Jets last year and he's suited up in two contests this campaign.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 05:40:00 AM

Derek Meech has been summoned from the minors by Winnipeg.

He was brought up as Julian Melchiori was sent down. The Jets don't have Tobias Enstrom and Zach Redmond because of injury, so Meech could see some action. He played in just two games with Winnipeg last season.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 01:53:00 PM

Derek Meech has been sent down to the AHL St. John’s IceCaps.

Meech has 17 points and 30 penalty minutes in 34 AHL games this season. He should be regarded primarily as a depth defenseman.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Derek Meech is dealing with a groin injury, but he's projected to attend training camp for the Jets.

Of course for that to happen he will have to receive medical clearance first. Meech will have a shot to grab a roster spot in Winnipeg going into the year due to Zach Bogosian's wrist injury. He will compete with fellow St. John's farmhands Paul Postma and Zach Redmond.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 07:46:00 PM

Derek Meech led the way for St. John's in its 6-1 win over Providence, notching three points.

Meech had a goal and two assists. The 28-year-old spent much of last year dealing with a double-knee injury. He has a reasonable chance of clinching a spot on a bottom-two pairing with the Jets and his 12 points in 17 games should only help that cause.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 09:14:00 PM

Derek Meech had an assist and he scored the game-winning goal for St. John's in a 2-1 victory over Hershey on Saturday.

His first marker of the year came on the power play during the third period. Meech will try to squeeze his way onto Winnipeg's defense corps when NHL play resumes, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy value.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 08:54:00 AM

Derek Meech had an assist, though St. John lost to Springfield on Saturday.

Meech spent much of last year dealing with knee issues, and he has a shot to crack the Winnipeg defensive core this year. The defenseman had 37 points in a full AHL season in 2010-11.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 09:48:00 PM

Derek Meech is hoping that his time in AHL St. John's will help keep him sharp for when an agreement on a new CBA is reached.

He struggled through knee issues last season that resulted in him spending a sizable chunk of the 2011-12 campaign on the sidelines and when he did play it was mostly in the minors. Meech skated in two games with the Jets and six contests with the IceCaps, but he returned to health at the end of the year and performed well during the Calder Cup playoffs with nine points in 15 matches. "Going back to St. John's and having a good run gave me some confidence to come back here and giving it a go again here," he said. "It's been a dream of mine to play in Winnipeg for a long time, especially since the Jets came back here. And I don't want to quite give up on that dream yet. I'm going to try again." Meech will begin the 2012-13 season on an AHL deal with St. John's because of the lockout.
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 10:19:00 AM

Derek Meech has agreed to terms with AHL St. John’s.

Meech played in two games with Winnipeg last season. Zach Bogosian is out until Christmas, so if he wasn't for the lockout, he might have been presented with an ideal opportunity to earn a permanent role with Winnipeg.
Source: AHL.com
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 01:16:00 PM

Derek Meech's comeback trail to the NHL has hit an impasse with the lockout.

Meech played in just two games with the Jets last year after a knee injury, then returned to the AHL and blew out the joint again. With Zach Bogosian sidelined until after Christmas, Meech, who is now healthy, had a good shot to stick with the NHL club ... however, the lockout has delayed that attempt. "It seems like the opportunities have been shuffled away from me in the past... especially last year with a double-knee injury," Meech said. "There could have been some opportunity this year and there still might be, but you can't think of what could be. You just have to go out and play and have yourself as best prepared as possible." Now, the 28-year-old will begin the year in the AHL.
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 10:55:00 AM

The Jets have re-signed Derek Meech to a two-way one year deal.

Meech will be paid $700,000 if he plays in Winnipeg and $105,00 if he toils in the AHL. Meech is not a fantasy asset.
Source: TSN.ca
Sun, Jul 1, 2012 12:26:00 PM

Derek Meech may have re-injured his knee in the AHL with Winnipeg's minor-league affiliate in St. John's.

In the second period of Wednesday night's contest, he was shoved into the boards on a late hit and had to leave the game. Meech was playing in his third match since returning from knee surgery in the fall and he will have it looked at in Winnipeg by the Jets' medical staff.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 07:17:00 AM

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