The Winnipeg Jets have solidified the blue paint.
The club signed goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to a new six-year, $37-million contract, the team announced Thursday.
Hellebuyck is coming off a breakout season in which he went 44-11-9 with a .924 save percentage, a 2.36 goals-against average, and six shutouts. He showed incredible durability during his first full year as a No. 1, as he played more minutes than any other netminder. His efforts were good enough to finish second in Vezina Trophy voting.
At 25 years old, this contract will carry Hellebuyck right through the prime of his career at a reasonable salary, considering he’ll only be the NHL’s sixth-highest paid goalie next season. Hellebuyck is one of the most gifted young goalies in hockey. So, both sides are happy with a deal like this.
General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is confident that the Michigan product will build off an incredible breakout season.
“If you look at his past history he checks off all the boxes as far as going through all the steps of the development path and earning the opportunity to take the net last year,” said Cheveldayoff via conference call on Thursday afternoon.
“Obviously with the training and the maturity that was in his game from the years prior to now is about becoming a pro. Helly has always been projected in our mind as a number one goaltender and the goaltender of the future for us. We’re very excited we were able to come to a long-term agreement for now and the future.”
“This is exciting for many reasons,” said Hellebuyck who was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2018.
“Mainly because I love it here and I want to be part of this team and I really believe this team has what it takes.”