Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff put the finishing touches on a busy month Monday, one that cemented the core of his franchise for the foreseeable future and hopefully improved the club enough to be a Stanley Cup Playoff contender.
The Jets agreed to terms with Zach Bogosian on a seven-year, $36 million contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing with the 23-year-old defenseman. Bogosian was the final of five arbitration-eligible players for the Jets to agree to a deal, and along with forwards Blake Wheeler (six years, $33.6 million), Bryan Little (four years, $23.5 million) completes the task of locking up the team's core players.
"I've made it clear since my first time being in Winnipeg that it was obviously a place I wanted to be for a long time," Bogosian said. "I'm just real happy that Winnipeg believed in me and gave me another chance to prove myself. I didn't exactly have the best start to my career in Atlanta, and obviously moving up to Winnipeg gave me a new chance to play in a hockey market and play in a hockey town that I enjoy playing in front of. That's where the term came in. It was definitely a no-brainer to want to stay here for a long time."