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Winnipeg Jets sign Blake Wheeler to six years, $33.6M

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.

“Thrilled to be a Jet for 6 more years,” Wheeler wrote on his Twitter account.                                           

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.

 

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
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

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