As was just announced by the Winnipeg Jets, the team has agreed to terms with goalie Ondrej Pavelec to a 5 year deal. While the team doesn’t disclose the terms, it was tweeted TSN’s Bob McKenzie as;
Year 1 – 3.25M
Year 2 – 3.5M
Year 3 – 3.75M
Year 4 – 4.25M
Year 5 – 4.75M
Quotes from Conference Call:
“Happy to be in Winnipeg. Looking forward to success in Winnipeg. Want to stay as long as you can in a city you like & I like WPG”
“Negotiation just a side of business. Agent did the best he can. It’s business–it’s a process. Never easy to make a deal.”
“Not hard to give up 2 years of UFA years in signing the 5 year deal. Was looking for a long contract. Easy to sign the deal.”
“Everyone knew I had the offer from KHL but wanted to stay in WPG all along. Really good offer from KHL but wanted to be in WPG.”
“Big responsibility to become elite goaltender in NHL. Very excited for the chance to be best goalie in NHL in WPG.”
“Loved the fans last year in WPG. Loved being in Canada. Big family atmosphere in WPG. Feel really good in WPG.”
“Last few days negotiations picked up. Chevy wanted me to stay and I wanted to stay. Always believed I could get a deal in WPG.”
“I want to win. I want to be successful. Organisation is going in a good direction, that’s why I signed a 5 year deal.”
Jets Official Site: Jets agree to terms with Ondrej Pavelec.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets sign Pavelec to 5-year contract.
Winnipeg Sun: Pavelec re-signs.
NHL.com: Jets sign Pavelec to five-year extension.
GM Kevin Cheveldayoff conference call on the deal:
“We’ve been working on the deal for quite awhile. Once we got to draft and could lay out positions face to face, it made it easier”
“The deal (with Pavelec) came together early this morning.”
“Pavelec still coming into the best years of his career. Excited that he wants to commit to the long term future of team”
“The signing shows commitment from the Jets but also from the player. When a team & player make a deal like this, its significant”.