Player News - Jets

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Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is hoping his team will go a lot further than they went last year.

That shouldn't be too difficult considering the Jets didn't make the playoffs last year. "Every season you get to start from zero," Byfuglien said. "All you've got to do is just go out there, work hard and you build your own luck. You start from zero at the beginning of the season and just keep building to see how far you can go. We're hoping and planning that this year it's a lot further than we've gone [in recent seasons]." If the Jets make the playoffs, Byfuglien will be one of the big reasons why. He had 51 points in 76 games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 7:24 PM

Dale Hawerchuk will be inducted into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame this season.

The team will honor him in a pregame ceremony on Nov. 14th before playing against the Arizona Coyotes. "I'm incredibly honored to join the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame and to be recognized alongside the other greats of the past," Hawerchuk said. "I look back fondly on the nine years I spent with the Jets and living in the city of Winnipeg. It will be a real treat to return to the city for the ceremony." He was selected first overall by Winnipeg in 1981 and amassed 1,409 points in 1,188 games.
Aug 13 - 4:21 PM

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice has one more season remaining on his current contract.

Jets GM Kevin Chevaldayoff said after the 2016-17 campaign that Maurice had his "full support," but a new deal has not been announced yet. This could be a do-or-die season for Maurice, as the team has missed the playoffs for two years in a row. He has coached the Jets for parts of the last four seasons.
Aug 13 - 11:08 AM

Connor Hellebuyck is motivated to prove he belongs at the NHL level.

Hellebuyck signed a one-year contract with the Jets on Monday after he struggled in 2016-17. "It's all on the line," he said. "I learned a lot, got a whole lot better (last season), but I have a whole lot more to give. I got more to offer than what I showed last year. I look forward to doing that this year. I'm going to have veteran (goaltender Steve) Mason here and I'm going to learn from him. I owe these guys my best every night." Hellebuyck added that he is eager to show that last year was just a fluke. Winnipeg brought in veteran Steve Mason as a free agent in the off-season. Mason is projected to enter the 2017-18 campaign as the team's number one goaltender.
Jul 25 - 10:08 AM

Connor Hellebuyck has avoided going to arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

Hellebuyck's hearing was scheduled for August 1, but the two sides were expected to work something out beforehand. Hellebuyck's new deal has an annual average value of $2.25 million. He posted a 26-19-4 record with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage last year. Winnipeg signed Steve Mason in the off-season to help mentor Hellebuyck in 2017-18. Mason could see the bulk of the playing time, but Hellebuyck will try to push him for starts.
Jul 24 - 9:44 AM

The Winnipeg Jets have signed J.C. Lipon to a one-year, two-way contract.

Lipon can earn $650,000 at the NHL level. He had 12 goals, 30 points, and 129 penalty minutes in 71 AHL contests last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 17 - 4:18 PM

Mason Appleton has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

Appleton will come with a $758,333 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 12 goals and 31 points in 35 games with Michigan State University last season. Winnipeg took him with the 168th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 13 - 4:37 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have inked Andrew Copp to a two-year, $2 million contract.

Copp had nine goals and 17 points in 64 games with the Jets in 2016-17. He should continue to serve in a bottom-six forward capacity next season.
Jul 12 - 8:55 PM

Brandon Tanev has inked a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

Tanev's contract is one-way, so he'll earn that amount even if he gets sent to the minors. He had two goals and four points in 51 games with Winnipeg as a rookie last season. He also recorded two goals and nine points in 23 AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 11 - 12:19 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have announced an affiliation with the ECHL expansion team Jacksonville IceMen.

The Jets' previous ECHL affiliate was the Tulsa Oilers. Tulsa head coach Jason Christie will now be Jacksonville's bench boss instead. Christie has a 547-349-111 record in his ECHL career and has more wins than any other coach in the league's history.
Jul 8 - 5:58 AM

Connor Hellebuyck has filed for salary arbitration.

Hellebuyck posted a 26-19-4 record, a 2.89 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 56 contests in 2016-17. He's a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:40 PM

Dmitry Kulikov is looking to put the 2016-17 campaign behind him.

Kulikov had two goals, five points, and a minus-26 rating in 47 games with the Buffalo Sabres. A big part of the issue is that Kulikov was hurt in the preseason and still wasn't 100% when he resumed playing. He's feeling good at this point though. The Jets are betting on a comeback out of Kulikov as they inked him to a three-year worth $4.33 million per year. Given that he's been a solid top-four defenseman in the past, there's potentially a lot of value in that deal.
Jul 5 - 5:02 AM

Cam Schilling signed a one-year, two-way deal with an average of $650,000.

Schilling is expected to be a depth signing, and will most likely start the season with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. He hasn't appeared in an NHL game since the 2014-15 season, and he picked up 26 points in 72 games during the most recent AHL campaign.
Jul 1 - 6:25 PM

Buddy Robinson has joined the Jets on a one-year, two-way deal.

He could earn 650,000 at the NHL level. Robinson played in four games with Ottawa last season, but spent most of the season in the minors. He also generated 31 points in 66 AHL matches with Binghamton and the San Jose Barracuda.
Jul 1 - 4:21 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have signed Micahel Sgarbossa to a one-year, $650,000 deal.

Sgarbossa has proven that he can score in the AHL but he has had limited success in the NHL in stops in Florida, Anaheim and Colorado. We're not confident things will be any different with the Jets. Sgarbossa registered seven points in 29 games with the Panthers last season.
Jul 1 - 2:16 PM


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