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Stable building block in place

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

Tuesday, 06.26.2012 / 11:00 AM CT / News Articles
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Stable building block in place
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.

Jets agree to terms with Ondrej Pavelec

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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.”




1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54


A. Ladd 77 24 37 11 61
B. Wheeler 75 25 34 24 59
B. Little 66 24 27 9 51
M. Scheifele 77 14 32 8 46
D. Byfuglien 68 18 27 5 45
M. Frolik 77 17 23 3 40
M. Perreault 58 18 19 4 37
A. Lowry 75 10 12 -2 22
T. Enstrom 58 4 18 7 22
J. Trouba 61 7 14 4 21
O. Pavelec 19 16 7 .916 2.41
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
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