According to Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, Pavelec (knee) will hit the free-agent market after his contract official expires, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Considering that the Jets demoted Pavelec to the minors -- where he spent the bulk of the season -- immediately following training camp to avoid his $3.9 million cap hit, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the two sides are parting ways. The netminder was recalled in mid-January when Winnipeg was on the verge of playoff contention, and he posted a 4-4-0 record with a 3.55 GAA before a concussion, then a knee injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Despite that he played in a mere eight NHL contests this season, there will certainly be teams in the market for at least a backup goalie, although it's not likely the 29-year-old will get a shot at a starting role.
Updating a previous report, Pavelec is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks after having his knee scoped Monday. To say 2016-17 has been a difficult campaign for Pavelec would be an understatement at best. The netminder was relegated to the minors following training camp, ultimately spending the first three months of the year in the AHL. Once recalled, the 29-year-old was performing well and seemed to have secured the No. 1 role, only to suffer a concussion and now a knee injury. Pavelec has missed the Jets' last 10 contests due to these ailments and will miss nearly the rest of March, if not beyond. Although it hasn't happened yet, fantasy owners should expect the Czech to be placed on injured reserve in order to free up a spot on the 23-man roster.
Pavelec (undisclosed) is undergoing an operation Monday that will end his season, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. The goaltender had been dealing with a lower-body injury before being cleared for action on March 2, though it's unclear whether this is the same injury that will keep him out for the remainder of 2016-17. After starting the season in the minors, Pavelec went 4-4-0 with a 3.55 GAA and .888 save percentage in eight starts with the Jets. A Jet/Thrasher for the last 10 years, Pavelec will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season, and it's more likely than not that he'll need to find a new home for 2017-18.
Pavelec (lower body) practiced fully Thursday, the Winnipeg Sun reports. Pavelec, who has missed the Jets' last eight games, is slated to be in uniform against St. Louis on Friday, but it's unclear whether he will be the team's starter in net. If Pavelec does not start Friday's tilt, he'll then be a candidate to tend the twine for Winnipeg on Saturday against Colorado.
Pavelec (concussion) will travel with the team on their four-game road trip, but remains questionable to suit up, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Considering the rigors of travel, it is certainly a good sign that Pavelec has been cleared to join the team on the road. With Connor Hellebuyck struggling to keep pucks out of the back of the net, coach Paul Maurice likely wants to keep Pavelec on hand to suit up the minute he is given the green light. Additionally, if the organization is considering trading the netminder prior to the deadline -- he will be a free agent after the season -- it will want to get the 23-year-old onto the ice to hopefully garner a bigger price tag.
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