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Stable building block in place

Winnipeg Jets lock in Ondrej Pavelec for long-term contract.

Tuesday, 26.06.2012 / 12:00 PM / News Articles
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

Jets agree to terms with Ondrej Pavelec

Winnipeg Jets Press Release
The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with goaltender Ondrej Pavelec on a new contract.  READ MORE ›

The looming question mark about who will mind the crease for the Winnipeg Jets next season has finally been answered. The Winnipeg Jets announced Monday they have agreed to terms with Ondrej Pavelec on a new five-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. A deal that had been in the negotiation process for some time now but one that both parties are relieved to have behind them.

“I’m really happy that I have the chance to stay in Winnipeg for five years and that’s what I was looking for-- to stay in the city you like.” Pavelec told media on a conference call Monday from his home in the Czech Republic. “They have great fans there and I’ve always said that I like Winnipeg and I’m just really happy for the deal. It’s behind me now and I’m looking forward to being successful in Winnipeg.”

Agreeing on a long-term contract is never an easy process but it was clear to Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, that Pavelec is one of the most important pieces to the puzzle.

“There’s no question on the importance of having strong stable goaltending,” said Cheveldayoff on a conference call from Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he is attending American Hockey League meetings. “Ondrej is a young player that is still coming into his own with respect to the best years of a goaltenders career. We’re very excited about locking Ondrej up and even more excited that Ondrej wants to commit and be a part of the process of the Winnipeg Jets moving forward.

“He is one of the best young goaltenders in the game right now. We believe he’s going to continue that trend in an upward fashion. As we grow as a team, we expect Ondrej to grow.”

Pavelec confirmed that he did indeed receive an offer from a team in the KHL in Russia but that all along he really wanted to stay in Winnipeg and continue to be part of the Jets family.

“It’s a process,” said Pavelec on agreeing on a contract. “I really believe that my agent did the best he could. It’s a business and a process and it’s never easy to make a deal.

“I really feel that Chevy wanted me to stay in Winnipeg and I really wanted to stay in Winnipeg so I always believed that we could make a deal and I’m really happy.”

Pavelec, 24, appeared in 68 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season where he earned a 29-28-9 record, 2.91 goals against average and 0.906 save percentage. He ranked fifth in the league in overall games played as well as fifth overall in shots against (2,036) and saves (1,845). Last season, he set new career-highs in games played, minutes, wins, and saves.

The netminder said the five-year deal was an easy dotted line to sign on, as the five-year term was exactly what he was hoping for.

“It’s something that I was looking for- a long deal. If you sign a five-year deal you have to be sure the organization is going the right direction. I want to win and I want to be successful. I really believe in my teammates and that the organization is going in a good direction.”

As July 1st, 2012 inches closer and closer, Cheveldayoff believes that signing Pavelec is only one of the many building blocks in the equation and he’ll now turn his focus to the other moving pieces.

“We’re taking steps toward acquiring assets and acquiring young building blocks,” explained Cheveldayoff. “By signing Ondrej Pavelec, we’re locking in one of the building blocks and as we progress moving forward. We’re hopeful to do the same in other situations and circumstances.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01