Hellebuyck agreed to terms on a six-year, $37 million contract with Winnipeg on Thursday. It was only a question of when Hellebuyck's new deal would get done, as the netminder had previously filed for salary arbitration. The Michigan native finally had his breakout performance last year, as he went 44-11-9 with six shutouts, a 2.36 GAA and a .924 save percentage -- all of which saw him finish second in the Vezina Trophy voting behind Pekka Rinne. At $6.167 million AAV, Hellebuyck's deal puts him in line with Braden Holtby, Corey Crawford and Cory Schneider.
Hellebuyck filed for salary arbitration Thursday. Hellebuyck was fantastic in 2017-18, compiling a highly impressive 44-11-9 record while posting a 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage in 67 appearances. The 25-year-old netminder is undoubtedly a huge part of the Jets' plans for the future, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him sign a long-term deal with Winnipeg prior to his arbitration hearing.
Hellebuyck is expected to earn a long-term contract from the Jets, Sportsnet reports. No surprise here. Hellebuyck is a finalist for the 2018 Vezina Trophy following a breakout campaign comprised of a 44-11-9 record, 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage from the regular season. The American netminder guided the Jets all the way to the conference finals, though he ran into trouble against a Golden Knights club playing out a fairytale narrative in its inaugural campaign. Hellebuyck inked a one-year, $2.25 million contract to stay in Winnipeg last summer, but it's safe to say he'll command a serious pay raise upon agreeing to his next deal.
Hellebuyck will man the crease Sunday during Game 5 against Vegas, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Hellebuyck and his Jets are backed up against the wall down 3-1 to Vegas. After a great showing against Nashville with a 2.44 GAA and .929 save percentage, the Michigan native is struggling in the Western Conference finals, with those numbers worsening to 2.81 and .897, respectively. The 25-year-old netminder will need to catch fire immediately if Winnipeg has a chance at coming back from the 3-1 hole.
Hellebuyck yielded three goals on 29 shots during Friday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights. Hellebuyck, who will be 25 years old Saturday, allowed a go-ahead goal by Reilly Smith with 6:58 left in the third period, and Winnipeg was unable to recover. This was the third straight game Hellebuyck allowed three goals on less than 30 shots, and now he'll be facing elimination at home Sunday. The Michigan native marked a .927 save percentage and two shutouts through the first two series, but he sports an .897 save percentage in the conference finals.
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