Blog Entry

Jets re-sign Wheeler to two-year extension

Posted on: July 18, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 7:46 pm

By Brian Stubits

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 plays a role as a top-six forward for the Jets, seeing plenty of burn with top-line guys Andrew Ladd and Nik Antropov.

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.

Photo: Getty Images

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnhl and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:22 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:35 pm

Jets re-sign Wheeler to two-year extension

hahahahaha that couldnt be further from the truth.  You're a moron!

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:59 am

Jets re-sign Wheeler to two-year extension

And plays a game on ice where guys are constantly hitting you.......wouldn't call him a pussy for picking hockey instead of football.  He gets hit more in hockey.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:57 am

Jets re-sign Wheeler to two-year extension

Guy's a pussy.Turned down scholarship at Notre Dame and USC as a QB because he didn't want to get hit.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or