#NHLJets agree to terms of contract extension with D Toby Enstrom— Scott Brown (@BrownScottTN) July 27, 2012
Last updated Satruday, July 28, 2012 at 11:38AM. According to True North spokesman Scott Brown, the Winnipeg Jets have re-signed defenseman Tobias Enstrom to a 5 year contract extension. Cap Geek has the full details of the deal, including a no-movement clause which will kick in at the start of the 2013-14 season. Tobias Enstrom gets $5.75M of his $28.75M contract via signing bonus ($1.15M per year). He also gets a NMC. #NHL #Jets capgeek.com/players/displa…— CapGeek (@capgeek) July 28, 2012 Enstrom is the Jets' top defenseman - and one of the better all-around defensemen in the entire league - and this contract is pretty fair value for both Enstrom and the Jets. Personally, I'm excited to have Enstrom around for the long run. It's a great day for Winnipeg, and therefore, the rest of the world.
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Last updated Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 12:29PM According to an original publication in Czech paper Nova Sport, Winnipeg Jets big money goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has made a colossal error in judgment. As per the original translated story -- further corroborated by Finnish news editor Matias Strozyk (and later carried by multiple news entities in Winnipeg) -- Pavelec got behind the wheel of his BMW M6 on Saturday, May 26, 2012 with a blood alcohol level of 0.20 and subsequently crashed into a stopped car, causing $5,000.00 USD in damages. Strozyk further states that the court hearing adjourned today with Pavelec being sentenced to six months of conditional probation and a twenty month driving ban. Kevin Cheveldayoff has issued this statement on behalf of the team (courtesy of The Illegal Curve): "At this time True North Sports & Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club are aware of various, yet still inconsistent, internet reports pertaining to Ondrej Pavelec. We, as an organization, are attempting to gather more information and until such time as we are comfortable and have a full understanding of the situation, we will not be issuing any further comment." In other words, the Jets organization had little to no idea about the DUI when they signed him to his newly minted 5 year, $19.5MM deal. Pavelec's "manager", Josef Machala also released the following statement through TV Nova in the Czech Republic: "It was not Ondrej's fault. And anyway, why should I comment on it?" We at Arctic Ice Hockey will continue to diligently follow this story and provide more information once it emerges.
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12pm (more like 1pm, damn Mountain Time); they even let you call in, which is ridiculous because I'm speaking for everyone in broad terms and with appropriate flair for the dramatic. All topics will be covered, don't worry, I got this.
In all honesty, my wife told me I have a terrible radio voice. Be prepared to laugh at me.
Today is the final day of Winnipeg Jets Development camp. Even if you can't make it out, you can still follow the action via our own Arby_18.
Ryan aka arby_18 aka @arby_18 has been providing some excellent coverage of development camp via his Twitter feed. I am sure he will be dropping a recap at some point, but if you must know what is happening RIGHT NOW, check out his Twitter feed.
The Washington Capitals have signed Wojtek Wolski to a one year contract worth $600,000. Wolski is coming off of the worst season of his career in which he scored just 4 goals and 8 assists in 31 games, missing significant time due to a hernia and recurring groin injury. I am in awe of what an incredible deal this is for the Capitals. Wolski is a guy with top 6 talent who, prior to this season, had scored 35 points or more in every season in which he'd played. He has cracked the 45 point level three times and scored 17 or more goals three times in his six year career. At $600k Wolski is an incredibly cheap gamble with 50 point upside. Had the Jets signed Wolski for 50% or even 100% more than the Capitals had paid, I'd have applauded the deal as a decent low risk, high upside gamble. At $600k I am simply left to wonder why the Jets wouldn't attempt to outbid the Capitals for his services. Despite the fact that the Jets currently have 11 forward under contract plus RFAs to re-sign, if it would have cost less than $1 million to get a guy like Wolski in the lineup over Chris Thorburn or Antti Miettinen, I'd have been happy as a clam to pay it.