The Winnipeg Jets have signed captain Blake Wheeler to a five-year contract extension. The extension will kick in after the 2018-19 season and be worth $41.25 million over the five seasons, that an average annual value of $8.25 million. Wheeler is worth every penny.
Blake Wheeler extension breakdown: $10 M, $6.5 M, $10 M, $6.5 M, $8.25 M; SB in Year 1 only ($4 M). So the lockout protection comes in the form of having his two lowest salaried years in 2020-21 and 2022-23 (potential lockout years).
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Wheeler has been one of the most underrated superstars in the game. I think, he was one of the least talked about players a season ago, even, after posting 91-points, (23 goals, 68 assists) a career-high. The assist total tied him for the NHL lead.
For those worried about giving a 32-year old five years of term Wheeler has become more consistent with age. He has enjoyed playing his best hockey over the past three seasons and has become one of the great leaders in the game. Wheeler reached at least 20 goals for the fifth consecutive season, and the sixth time in his career, in 2017-18.
“Where I’m at in my career, with my age, I feel like my best years are ahead of me,” Wheeler said. “I wanted to give those years to his organization and hopefully push this team to the championship levels. That’s what you’re buying into and, certainly, we have a ton of work to do to get to that point.
“Just being here. We’ve invested,” Wheeler said. “There’s been guys here that have invested a lot of time and a lot of blood, sweat and tears to try and build this into something we can be proud of. Hopefully, we are getting to the point now where we can be a contending team year-in and year-out. That’s kind of what we’ve been pushing for. To be able to be locked into those years is really exciting.” NHL.com
Wheeler’s combo of size and skilled helped his Winnipeg team reach their first Western Conference final.
This deal is a bargain, Wheeler is good for at least 70-80 points a year. Don’t sleep on this guy when building your fantasy rosters…