Hellebuyck contract first of many for Jets to get done – NHL.com

WINNIPEG — Connor Hellebuyck had a mandate for the Winnipeg Jets after agreeing to a six-year, $37 million contract on Thursday.

The 25-year-old goalie knows his contract is the first in a complicated puzzle general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff must continue to piece together over the next several months.

“I want all the guys to get locked down, hopefully long term,” Hellebuyck said of Winnipeg’s six remaining restricted free agents. “Because I really believe every piece that we need is in this locker room, and I know we have a good GM, that they’re going to take a good, long look at this team. I think they know we have what it takes.”

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Beyond the six RFAs (defensemen Josh Morrissey, Tucker Poolman, Jacob Trouba; forwards Marko Dano, Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev), defenseman Tyler Myers and forwards Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine each is entering the final season of his contract.

Wheeler, the captain, and Myers each can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2019. Laine, who is playing on his entry-level contract, can become an RFA after this season and is looking at a potentially substantial pay raise after scoring 80 goals in his first two NHL seasons.

Winnipeg (52-20-10) had a franchise-record 114 points last season, second in the Central Division and NHL behind the Nashville Predators, and reached the Western Conference Final, when it lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.

Hellebuyck said he believes the Jets can go even further now that they have Stanley Cup Playoff experience.

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He is not the only one on that page.

“They’re young, they’re hungry,” Cheveldayoff said.

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