The Winnipeg Jets announced earlier today that they have signed forward Mathieu Perreault to a 4 year extension with an AAV of $4.125 million. It should be noted that the contract comes with a limited no trade clause but does not have a no move clause.
Perreault was entering the final year of a three year/$9 million contract that he signed as a free agent after playing with the Anaheim Ducks. He quickly established himself as one of the Jets best players and was on pace for a career high in point production when an injury sidelined him. Perreault has posted back-to-back 41 point seasons with the Jets. His extension will kick in at the end of the 2016-2017 season.
In a free agency period that saw some insane contracts get dealt out, Kevin Cheveldayoff signed the perfect one today. Perreault could have easily gotten $5 million or more on the open market next summer. Despite not having a no move clause it should be expected that Perreault will be one of the forwards protected by the Jets in the expansion draft. While some may think this signifies a move to a seven forward, three defenseman protected list; I personally believe they will protect four forwards and four defenseman. The list on players being Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault, Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Jacob Trouba, and Tyler Myers.
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