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NHL: Jets Re-Sign RW Blake Wheeler to 6-Year, $33.6-M Deal
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NHL: Jets Re-Sign RW Blake Wheeler to 6-Year, $33.6-M Deal

Jul 29 2013, 1:00am CDT | by

The Winnipeg Jets re-signed right wing Blake Wheeler to a six-year deal reportedly worth $33.6 million on Friday.

Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler was re-signed to a six-year deal worth $33.6 million on Friday.  According to the Canadian Press via The Hockey News, Wheeler's new deal comes mere days after...

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NHL: Jets Re-Sign RW Blake Wheeler to 6-Year, $33.6-M Deal

Jul 29 2013, 1:00am CDT | by

The Winnipeg Jets re-signed right wing Blake Wheeler to a six-year deal reportedly worth $33.6 million on Friday.

Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler was re-signed to a six-year deal worth $33.6 million on Friday. 

According to the Canadian Press via The Hockey News, Wheeler's new deal comes mere days after the Jets re-signed Bryan Little to a five-year contract of his own worth $23.5 million. Both of them avoided arbitration by signing their respective contracts.

All in all, five Jets filed for arbitration. Four of the five, with the exception of defenseman Zach Bogosian, have settled

An ecstatic Wheeler broke the good news on Twitter.  He tweeted, "Thrilled to be a Jet for six more years."

He also indicated in an NHL.com report of Tal Pinchevsky that re-signing with Winnipeg was a no-brainer. 

"For me, it was virtually a no-brainer. I sat down with my agent this spring. I looked him in the eyes and said,'This is where I want to be.' I believe we have what it takes to get to the next level. This is just part of the process. I really, truly believe that great things are in store for this group."

His 19 goals in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL season was his highest since he was a rookie with the Boston Bruins, per the Winnipeg Sun. He declared the franchise's faith in him will lead to greater things. 

"Now having that vote of confidence from a franchise, I'm the kind of person that kind of takes that and runs with it. Having faith put in me just gives me life and energy to go out there and hopefully reach new heights because I think there's more in store, for sure."

Mike Brehm of USA Today Sports writes the $5.6 million salary cap hit on Wheeler's new contract makes him the highest-paid Jets forward. Defenseman Tobias Enstrom takes home the highest paycheck on the roster with a $5.75 million annual salary.  

Wheeler sticking around should help the Jets, who finished with a 24-21-3 record last season, to make a push for their first playoff appearance since 1996. 

 

 

 
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MacKinnon earns praise as NHL’s fastest skater

Oct 13 2014 9:46am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Ask players around the league who’s the fastest skater in the NHL and the same handful of names come up: Taylor Hall, Michael Grabner, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Cogliano and Carl Hagelin. Hall likes Grabner’s speed, but he brought up another name without hesitation. "Nathan MacKinnon," the Edmonton Oilers winger said. "When we played against him last year he took off at one point during the game and I’d never seen anything like that." MacKinnon, last year’s Cal ...
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6 days ago

MacKinnon earns praise as NHL’s fastest skater

Oct 13 2014 9:46am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Ask players around the league who’s the fastest skater in the NHL and the same handful of names come up: Taylor Hall, Michael Grabner, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Cogliano and Carl Hagelin. Hall likes Grabner’s speed, but he brought up another name without hesitation. "Nathan MacKinnon," the Edmonton Oilers winger said. "When we played against him last year he took off at one point during the game and I’d ne ...
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6 days ago

MacKinnon earns praise as NHL’s fastest skater

Oct 13 2014 9:46am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Ask players around the league who’s the fastest skater in the NHL and the same handful of names come up: Taylor Hall, Michael Grabner, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Cogliano and Carl Hagelin. Hall likes Grabner’s speed, but he brought up another name without hesitation. "Nathan MacKinnon," the Edmonton Oilers winger said. "When we played against him last year he took off at one point during the game and I’d never seen anything like ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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1 week ago

Kings cruise by Jets for first win of season

Oct 12 2014 11:56pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES – The banners are affixed to the rafters, and the Stanley Cup has been put away. The Los Angeles Kings finally got back to the everyday business of winning hockey with a boost from the line with the catchiest nickname from last season’s championship run. Kings linemates Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist in Los Angeles’ first victory of the season ...
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1 week ago

Kings cruise by Jets for 1st win of season

Oct 12 2014 11:56pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES – The banners are affixed to the rafters, and the Stanley Cup has been put away. The Los Angeles Kings finally got back to the everyday business of winning hockey with a boost from the line with the catchiest nickname from last season’s championship run. Kings linemates Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist in Los Angeles’ first victory of the season, 4-1 over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Ro ...
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1 week ago

Kings cruise by Jets for first win of season

Oct 12 2014 11:56pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES – The banners are affixed to the rafters, and the Stanley Cup has been put away. The Los Angeles Kings finally got back to the everyday business of winning hockey with a boost from the line with the catchiest nickname from last season’s championship run. Kings linemates Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist in Los Angeles’ first victory of the season, 4-1 over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Mor ...
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Blake Wheeler Scored Twice In 15 Seconds

Oct 10 2014 8:08am CDT | Source: Deadspin

The Jets romped over the Coyotes with four goals past Mike Smith in a 7:11 span of the first. That included a pair of goals by Blake Wheeler just 15 seconds ap ...
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1 week ago

NHL scores: Devils, Penguins big winners on a wild night of hockey

Oct 10 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

With 24 teams in action on Thursday night it was a crazy night across the NHL complete with comebacks, milestones, injuries, brutal hits and some zany randomness. The second day of the NHL season featured 24 teams in action and gave us a little bit of everything. A little bit of acting. A coach turning into the devil. Significant injuries. Ugly hits. And even a fat joke. We also saw a couple of really wild, ex ...
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1 week ago

Advanced hockey stats still evolving in NHL

Oct 7 2014 11:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

The NHL is at the beginning of an analytics awakening. Advanced statistics, such as the tracking of total shots attempted for and against, have been around for decades, giving teams a glimpse of information behind the final score and players’ goals and assists. As stats and the game have evolved, more hockey people are seeing their worth to wins and losses. Over the summer, several teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, ...
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1 week ago

Advanced hockey stats still evolving in NHL

Oct 7 2014 11:32am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

The NHL is at the beginning of an analytics awakening. Advanced statistics, such as the tracking of total shots attempted for and against, have been around for decades, giving teams a glimpse of information behind the final score and players’ goals and assists. As stats and the game have evolved, more hockey people are seeing their worth to wins and losses. Over the summer, several teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, hired analytics specialists to ...
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