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

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

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Jets, Wheeler agree on six-year, $33.6M deal
The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with forward Blake Wheeler on a six-year contract worth $33.6 million.

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.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff