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A Six-Year Contract For Connor Hellebuyck In Winnipeg


added 9:55am, Winnipeg press release is below.

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a six-year, $37 million contract with an average annual value of $6.167 million.

Hellebuyck, 25, appeared in a career-high 67 games for the Jets last season, setting single-season franchise records for wins (44), shutouts (6), and save percentage (.924). His 44 wins are the eighth most in a season in NHL history and the most by an American-born goaltender. The native of Commerce, Mich. was a finalist for the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltenderand was selected to the NHL's Second All-Star team.

Hellebuyck saw his first action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this past spring, posting a 9-8 record, two shutouts, 2.36 goals-against average and .922 SV% in 17 games, as he helped the Jets reach the Western Conference Final.

In 149 career NHL regular season games, Hellebuyck has an 83-41-14 record with 12 shutouts, a 2.55 GAA, and .917 SV%. His 70 wins during the last two seasons are eighth most in the NHL.

Hellebuyck was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round (130th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Paul's avatar

Hellebuyck was going to arbitration before signing this contract.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/12/18 at 09:58 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

These 6+ year contracts for goalies…ugh.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/12/18 at 10:20 AM ET

HaHasek's avatar

Yeah, 6 years is a lot for one good year, but it’s better than being one of those teams that pass around Elliot after each season.

One of the sad things about this, is that there were so many Jets fans blaming Hellebuyck by the end of the semi-finals. A big chunk of fans will not like this contract simply because MAF was playing out of this world, and Jet forwards couldn’t score.

Posted by HaHasek on 07/12/18 at 10:27 AM ET

Primis's avatar

These 6+ year contracts for goalies…ugh.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/12/18 at 10:20 AM ET

Yeah really.  You get maybe 3 good years out of most goalies, before their performance falls off.

Posted by Primis on 07/12/18 at 11:21 AM ET

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