The Nashville Predators’s new Central Division rival has re-signed their best offensive player long term. On Friday, the Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Blake Wheeler, signing him to a six-year contract worth $33.6M.
The 26-year-old forward totaled 41 points and 19 goals in 48 games last season. He led the Jets in goals and was second in points (Andrew Ladd, 46). The signing brings security to the Jets top scoring line.
“Blake is very comfortable with the direction [general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff], ownership and his staff is taking the organization,” agent Matt Keator told the Winnipeg Sun.
Wheeler will be paid $5.6M per year until the 2018-19 season, making him the second-highest paid player on the Jets roster, behind defensemen Tobias Enstrom, who brings in $5.75M a year.
Here is a look at what the Jets have been able to do in their two years in Winnipeg. As you can see they have been unable break through the underachiever tag they earned while in Atlanta. The Jets are developing their core, and the Wheeler signing is one way of forming their nucleus.
|2011–12||82||37||35||10||84||225||246||4th, Southeast||Did not qualify|
|2012–13||48||24||21||3||51||128||144||2nd, Southeast||Did not qualify|