Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jets Re-Sign Hellebuyck

Heading to July 1st and the free agent market opening up, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck took the title of the highest ranked free agent, either restricted or unrestricted, RFA in his case.  On Thursday, the Jets and their number one goalie came to terms on a 6-year deal, worth $37 million in total, a big pay day after quite the run in 2018.  This equates to a cap hit in the neighbourhood of $6.167 million in each of those years.

In the regular season, the 25-year old keeper finished 4th overall and 2nd among all goalies in hockey pool points, registering 44 wins and 102 points in 67 appearances for the club, not to mention his run into the Western Conference Finals in the playoffs.

The Jets are now partially the way through their off-season work, but certainly Hellebuyck is a big check mark on their to-do list being completed.  The team still has to come to terms with both Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey this summer, but with Paul Stastny and his big contract demands moving on, the team still has plenty of room to fill out their core group.

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