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Jets' Andrew Copp: Earns two-year deal
An independent arbitrator awarded Copp a two-year, $4.56 million contract with the Jets on Tuesday.
The Jets and Copp were reportedly separated on both term and salary prior to Sunday's hearing, and thus were unable to come to terms on a new deal without the assistance of an independent arbitrator. Copp, who notched 11 goals and 25 points while posting a plus-20 rating in 69 games last campaign, will continue to fill a middle-six role for Winnipeg over the next two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Neal Pionk: Lands two-year deal with Jets
Pionk inked a two-year, $6 million deal with Winnipeg on Sunday.
Pionk was traded to Winnipeg last month as part of the deal that sent Jacob Trouba to the Rangers. The Jets' blue line has taken a significant hit this offseason, so the 23-year-old should slot into a top-four role. Last season, he scored six goals and 26 points with 98 blocked shots and 138 hits in 73 contests.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Andrew Copp: Appears headed for arbitration
Copp and the Jets are separated on both term and salary, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports, which could force the two sides to go through with their July 21 arbitration hearing.
Copp is looking for just one year at nearly twice the salary ($1.5 versus $2.9 million). A deal can still be struck even after the hearing, though that seems unlikely considering the two camps can't even agree on the length of Copp's new contract. The 25-year-old will likely continue to fill a bottom-six role for Winnipeg during the 2019-20 campaign, but a spot on the No. 2 power-play unit figures to bolster his fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Nelson Nogier: Signs one-year pact
Nogier has penned a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.
In 74 minor-league outings last season, Nogier notched one goal and eight assists. Not known for his offensive game, the 23-year-old is solid stay-at-home blueliner with size and stands a decent chance of breaking into the NHL full time at some point, though it's unlikely to happen in 2019-20 given the Jets' defensive depth.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Ville Heinola: Earns entry-level deal
Heinola agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Winnipeg on Monday.
After tallying 14 points in 34 games with his Finnish club Lukko this year, Heinola was taken with the 20th overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft. The defender will likely spend another year playing overseas, but if he can further develop the offensive side of his game, he could find himself on the 23-man roster heading into the 2020-21 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Neal Pionk: Files for arbitration
Pionk officially filed for arbitration Friday.
Acquired by Winnipeg in the deal that sent Jacob Trouba to New York, Pionk opted for arbitration ahead of Friday afternoon's deadline. Now, the 23-year-old blueliner, fresh off recording 26 points in 73 games with the Rangers in 2018-19, will try to come to terms on a long-term deal with Jets before the two parties meet with a neutral arbitrator.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Andrew Copp: Files for arbitration
Copp filed for arbitration ahead of Friday's deadline.
Copp followed up a career-best 28-point campaign with 25 points in 2018-19 and should see a raise on last season's salary of $1.1 million. The 24-year-old, barring unforeseen circumstances, will return to Winnipeg next year and should slot into a bottom-six role, similar to what Copp did a season ago.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Mark Letestu: Earns one-year deal
Letestu signed a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Letestu only played in two NHL games last season, spending the bulk of the year in the minors with AHL Cleveland. It was the first time the veteran appeared in an AHL contest since 2009-10, but he performed well with 21 goals and 29 assists. Following the departure of Kevin Hayes, the Jets find themselves relatively thin down the middle, which could open the door for Letestu to be a regular in the lineup in a bottom-six role.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Anthony Bitetto: Signs one-year contract
Bitetto penned a one-year, two-way deal with Winnipeg on Tuesday that will pay him $700,000 at the NHL level.
Stuck behind a logjam of defensemen when he was with Nashville, Bitetto saw an uptick in playing time after making the move to Minnesota at the deadline. The 28-year-old will certainly be in the mix for a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp, but may be hard pressed to beat out Dmitry Kulikov or Sami Niku and may have to spend some time in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Cameron Schilling: Agrees to one-year deal
Schilling inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Monday.
The contract agreed upon will have an AAV of $700,000 at the NHL level. Schilling appeared in four games with the Jets last season, collecting one assist and five blocked shots. The 30-year-old will certainly provide depth to the organization, and could be one of the first defensemen in line for a call-up should injuries occur.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Nathan Beaulieu: Re-signs with club
Beaulieu inked a one-year, $1 million contract with Winnipeg on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Even after the Jets declined to give Beaulieu a qualifying offer, there was speculation that the blueliner would still be returning to the team. The departure of Jacob Trouba might create some opportunities for Beaulieu to earn a regular spot in the lineup, but he will have to beat out Neal Pionk, Sami Niku and Logan Stanley during training camp.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Tyler Myers: On verge of signing with Vancouver
Myers is closing in on a five-year, $30 million deal with the Canucks, Andy Strickland of 590 The Fan reports.
Vancouver is courting a 10-year veteran, with Myers having amassed 74 goals and 191 assists through 635 career contests between the Sabres and Jets. His massive 6-foot-8, 229-pound frame provides a thick layer of defense, and it's relatively easy for him to create space in the attacking zone to the benefit of fantasy owners abound. However, the Canucks only averaged 2.67 goals per game this past season -- which tied New Jersey for 25th overall -- so there should be some immediate concerns about Myers dipping in value away from the Jets, a team that ranked seventh in scoring.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Eric Comrie: Receives qualifying offer
Comrie earned a qualifying offer from Winnipeg on Tuesday.
With Laurent Brossoit under contract to serve as the No. 2 behind Connor Hellebuyck, Comrie is unlikely to see much in terms of NHL action this season. The 23-year-old will likely split the netminding duties in the minors with Mikhail Berdin.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Nelson Nogier: Tendered qualifying offer
Nogier was given a qualifying offer by the Jets on Tuesday.
Nogier played in just one NHL game this season, in which he saw a mere 10:06 of ice time. In the minors, the blueliner tallied nine points in 74 appearances and could be in contention for a spot on the 23-man roster with a strong training camp showing this fall.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Neal Pionk: Handed qualifying offer
Pionk was qualified by Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Pionk was brought in by the Jets in exchange for Jacob Trouba and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft (Ville Heinola), which means he was always on the club's list for receiving a qualifying offer. The blueliner won't cost the team as much as Trouba would have, but he still will put a dent in its approximately $23.8 million cap space.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Andrew Copp: Given qualifying offer
Copp was handed a qualifying offer by Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Copp reached the 25-point mark for a second consecutive season this year in a bottom-sx role. While the center doesn't have a spot on the power play, his ability to provide depth scoring anchoring the third line makes him a valuable piece of the Jets' lineup, which is why the club opted to give him a qualifying offer.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Kyle Connor: Receives qualifying offer
Connor was handed a qualifying offer by the Jets on Tuesday.
Connor may be second fiddle in terms of the team's offseason priorities behind Patrik Laine, but the club was never going to let him become an unrestricted free agent. The Jets' somewhat limited cap space, coupled with the need to give Laine a sizable raise, could see Connor given an offer sheet by an opposing club after he put up career highs in goals (34) , assists (32) and shots (227) last season. Even if the 21-year-old ends up somewhere else, which still seems unlikely, he is capable of pushing for the 70-point threshold on an annual basis.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Patrik Laine: Given qualifying offer
Laine received a qualifying offer from Winnipeg on Tuesday.
In perhaps the least surprising move in NHL history, the Jets formally issued a qualifying offer to Laine in order to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1. There is also zero chance the world-class winger signs the one-year, $874,125 offer, but the two sides figure to continue to work on a deal throughout the coming weeks.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Matt Hendricks: Announces retirement
Hendricks will call it a career after 11 NHL seasons, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Hendricks was drafted by the Predators in the fifth round of the 2000 NHL Draft after a four-year collegiate career with St. Cloud State. The 38-year-old would go on to log 607 NHL games for Colorado, Washington, Nashville, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Minnesota, in which he racked up 54 goals, 62 assists and 1394 hits. With his playing days behind him, the center will join the Wild in a player development role.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Henri Nikkanen: Potential steal late in draft
Nikkanen was drafted 113th overall by the Jets at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Ranked No. 21 amongst European skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings, Nikkanen plummeted to No. 32 overall in their final rankings. So, why the drop off? Well, for one, he played fourth-line minutes after being called up to Jukurit's top team in the Finnish league and being stapled to the bench most nights didn't help his draft stock. Nikkanen will flash high-end offensive skill at times, but he's nothing more than an average skater and you don't get the same effort from him on a nightly basis. There's something here, but Nikkanen certainly has some flaws in his game to correct.... See More ... See Less
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