Connor Hellebuyck has re-signed with the Winnipeg Jets on a 6-year, 6.167 million dollars per year ($37 million total) contract. This will make him the sixth highest paid goalie in the NHL.
Hellebuyck and the Jets were scheduled to go to arbitration, but not only have they avoided that sometimes ugly process, but they’ve expressed long-term mutual interest.
Hellebuyck is coming off of a very strong season, in which he came second in Vezina voting, posted a 44-11-9 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.36 goals against average with six shutouts. His 44 wins was a record for American-born goalies, while his 30 home wins equalled the NHL record in that category.
Hellebuyck was also the Jets starting goaltender throughout the 2018 NHL playoffs, posting a 9-8-0 record with two shutouts, a .922 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average.
In three seasons with the Jets, Hellebuyck has played in 149 games, with a 83-41-14 record, .917 save percentage, 2.55 goals against average and 12 shutouts.
The 25-year-old, 5th round pick of the Jets will be 31 when the contract ends. Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun is reporting that there will be a limited no-trade clause in the later years of the contract.
With that out of the way, attention can once again shift to defensive RFAs Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey (and the others too, I suppose).