The Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday agreed to terms with forward Jim Slater on a new contract. No terms were disclosed, but TSN reports the deal is for three years and $4.8 million. Slater could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Slater, 29, moved into a key role for the Jets this past season, playing in a career-high 78 games. The 2002 first-round draft pick also put up a career-high 21 points (13 goals, eight assists), along with 42 penalty minutes. The Lapeer, Mich., native has played in 449 regular-season games for the Jets' franchise, scoring 60 goals and adding 61 assists for 121 points, along with 322 penalty minutes. He leads all current Jets players with the most franchise games played.
Slater also made an impact off the ice; he was nominated for the 2011-12 NHL Foundation Award, the 2011-12 King Clancy Memorial Award and the 2011-12 Bill Masterton Trophy.
Slater was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round (No. 30) in the 2002 NHL Draft.