The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed Blake Wheeler to a two-year contract. Darren Dreger of TSN says the deal is worth $2.45 million the first season, $2.65 million the second, meaning an average salary cap hit of $2.55 million.
With the signing, congratulations are in order for the Jets as they climb over the salary floor. Plus, they still have a restricted free agent in Zach Bogosian to get under contract. Now only the Coyotes, Avalanche, Predators and Islanders are below the floor.
Split between Boston and Atlanta last season, Wheeler scored 18 goals with 26 assists in 81 games. It was the third time in his three NHL seasons that he played in 81 games or more. He was sent from the Bruins to the Thrashers in a trade that netted the B's Rich Peverley. Wheeler's best season came as a rookie when he scored 21 goals.
Wheeler has received more than his fair share of criticism, especially coming out of his old stomping grounds in Beantown. But it's important to remember he's still just 24 and has only three full seasons under his belt in the NHL. He seemed to find a good situation once he hit Atlanta, posting 17 points in 23 games after the trade. He could be in store for a very nice season playing a big role in Winnipeg.
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