The Winnipeg Jets have extended goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to a 5 year, $19.5M deal ($3.9M cap hit).
Earlier this week, it was reported Pavelec wanted around $4M per season or he would sign with the KHL. This report was dead on as Pavelec got just under that total.
This is a good signing for the Jets as Pavelec is a very strong goaltender. Though the Jets struggled this season, Pavelec was able to put up a winning record as he set a new career high in wins with 29. His season GAA of 2.91 and SV% of .906 were just around his career average. Expect Pavelec to have a stronger year this upcoming season as he’s grew a lot during the season. The Jets, a very young team, matured a lot during the year and stud defensemen Zach Bogosian and Dustin Byfuglien will take a bigger role to help out Pavelec on the back end.
Pavelec spoke on the trade in a conference call. He said, “I’m really happy that I have the chance to stay here in Winnipeg and stay for five years. That’s all you’re looking for, to stay in the city you like with the great fans there. I always said that I like Winnipeg and I’m really happy for a deal right now and I’m just looking forward.”
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