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Jets, Wheeler agree on six-year, $33.6M deal

Friday, 07.26.2013 / 10:15 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

NHL.com

The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with forward Blake Wheeler on a six-year contract worth $33.6 million, the team announced Friday.

"Thrilled to be a Jet for 6 more years," Wheeler wrote on his verified Twitter account.

The sides were scheduled for an arbitration hearing Monday.

"Blake is very comfortable with the direction [general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff], ownership and his staff is taking the organization," agent Matt Keator told the Winnipeg Sun.

Wheeler, 26, had 41 points (19 goals) in 48 games last season. He led the team in goals and was second in points (Andrew Ladd, 46).

Wheeler has played 372 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg, with 232 points (93 goals).

He was chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round (No. 5) in the 2004 NHL Draft.

Monday, the Jets and forward Bryan Little agreed to terms on a five-year, $23.5 million contract, also avoiding arbitration.

"It's a very good core that will keep growing together in the years to come," Keator told the newspaper.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery