Hearing Winnipeg Jets and Andrew Copp have come to terms on a 2 year deal in the range of $2M total. #TSN— Aaron Ward (@NHL_AaronWard) July 12, 2017
This is not confirmed, but according to Aaron Ward the Winnipeg Jets have signed RFA forward Andrew Copp to a two year contract. The contract has obviously not been confirmed by the Jets, who have consistently announced signings on their site.
If this is true, it is a pricey addition for the Jets who have young players in the minors who can most likely provide some scoring depth instead of Copp. Copp is no more than a fourth line centre who can play higher in the line-up when needed. While he is not a bad player, there are many players better than him.
Copp’s contract is a one-way contract and he is waiver eligible. This means that he will be paid the same in the NHL or the AHL and that every team will have a crack at taking him for free before he can play for the Manitoba Moose. He will probably be with the Jets for the entirety of his new contract. Hopefully, he plays in the correct role and contributes positively to the overall team.
The Jets now have to sign goalie Connor Hellebuyck to finish up contracts with the NHL team. They probably need more depth players for the AHL as well.