signs 6-year $33.6MM deal to remain with the Winnipeg Jets
For the second time in his
short career with the Winnipeg Jets
, Blake Wheeler
has avoided an arbitration hearing by signing a contract just days ahead of time.
This time the deal is six years in length, worth a monstrous $33.6 million dollars for an annual cap hit of $5.6MM per season.
is now the second highest paid Winnipeg Jets
player behind only Tobias Enstrom, and is the only member of the Jets signed through the 2018-2019 season.
2012 - Blake Wheeler
is a big time player, and now has a big time contract to go with it.
is oft to use his
size and deceptive speed to his
advantage, and causes a lot of mayhem when he
flies down the wing and drives the net.
105 points over the last two seasons ranks 30th in the NHL
, while his
36 goals are good for 53rd most.
up for as long as they did also means that, come the end of his
current contract, he'll be a UFA at the age of 32.
The Winnipeg Jets
are running out of salary cap space.
Explaining how $35MM in payroll really equals $56MM.
is a former fifth overall draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes, however he
refused to sign a contract with the club, allowing him to become a free agent in 2008, four years after he
During that span he
had a successful career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers
of the NCAA.
He went on to sign with the Boston Bruins, with whom he played for the next three years.
amassed 100 points as a Bruin before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers
along with Mark Stuart at the 2011 NHL Trade Deadline for Boris Valabik and Rich Peverley.
Since joining his
current franchise, he
has totalled 122 points in 151 games played.
was recently named as one of four Jets
selected to the preliminary roster for the U.S. Olympic team
and has represented his
country twice before, once at the World Championships in 2011, as well as at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships.
With Wheeler now secured for the foreseeable future, the only Restricted Free Agent the Jets have left to sign is defenseman Zach Bogosian.
But the good news is: @BiggieFunke is back, and Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler
are reunited once more, as the Jets'
top line will be together heading into future.
- Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) July 27, 2013
Blake Wheeler (RW-WPG)