July 23 2013 04:41AM
Photo by clydeorama
Hooray! The first of the Big 3 RFAs has been signed! Twenty-five year old two-way centre Bryan Little agreed to a 5 year, $23.5M contract yesterday, narrowly avoiding his July 24th arbitration hearing. Little enjoyed a career year with the Jets in the lockout shortened 2013, scoring on pace for 55 points in 82 games while centering the top line against the opposition's best players. The cap hit of $4.7M represents the high end of what was expected for the six year veteran, and certainly the Jets paid in full for the services of the former 12th overall pick. Nevertheless, Little is an anchor in all three disciplines for the Jets, playing nearly a third of every hockey game - usually the third the Jets don't lose.
Below we'll cover the contract and the player separately.
July 21 2013 05:06AM
Photo by TheAHL
RFA Zach Redmond was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract by the Jets yesterday that will pay him $715K in the NHL and $65K in the AHL. Redmond played in 8 games for the Jets last season before missing the rest of the season with a severed artery suffered in practice. The right-handed two-way defender had an impressive NHL debut, scoring a goal and three assists while averaging over 19 minutes of ice time while first Byfuglien and Bogosian and later Enstrom were sidelined.
Below we'll look at the contract and player separately.
The Extra Attacker: Bourne's market desirability ranking, Roster tidbits, Prospect Camp, and Schedule
July 20 2013 03:27AM
Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I briefly at the new schedule and the development camp, wonder at some more roster upgrades, and try to find a silver lining in Justin Bourne rating Winnipeg the 28th best place to play in the NHL. A smattering of my synaptic output below.
July 19 2013 03:38AM
The Jets came to terms with RFA Paul Postma yesterday, leaving only the Big 3 still without contracts of the RFA's who filed for arbitration. Postma had an uneven season, posting 4-5-9 in 34 games, but scoring two of his four goals in one game against the Islanders and being posterized on a number of ill-advised pinches late in the year. As with Tangradi, we'll look at the player and the contract separately.
July 16 2013 02:20PM
Eric Tangradi at AHL All-Star Game, 2011. Photo by Bridget Samuels
GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has finally made a move, avoiding arbitration with Eric Tangradi by signing the RFA to a 2 year contract worth a total of $1.35M. Tangradi made a minor impact on the scoresheet this past season with the Jets, recording just four points in his 370 minutes of ice. Claude Noel preferred to play James Wright on the 3rd line for much of the year, but Tangradi's late combination with Santorelli and Burmistrov showed that Tangradi can affect the game positively, even if the points didn't flow.
Below some thoughts on Tangradi's place in the lineup and instant analysis on the contract itself.