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Report: Ondrej Pavelec considers “big money” deal with KHL

Jun 9, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

Patric Hornqvist, Ondrej Pavelec AP

Lyle Richardson passes along an interesting potential development: Elliotte Friedman reports that Winnipeg Jets goalie – and restricted free agent – Ondrej Pavelec might be in talks with a KHL team. Friedman hints at a potential “one-year, big money offer.”

While the specifics aren’t clear just yet, it makes some sense that the 24-year-old goalie may consider going overseas. Sure, there’s a chance that Pavelec could be a wild card in a thin netminding market, yet his RFA status and up-and-down results indicate that he might not garner a particularly lucrative offer in the NHL.

The Jets might end up being the NHL team that would want him the most, anyway, but it’s reasonable to think that a KHL team could theoretically muster a heftier offer. Pavelec might view it as an opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds, even; he could theoretically garner bigger money in the short-term in the KHL before returning to a higher level of competition once he’s that much closer to the unrestricted age of 27.

Stay tuned for more on an intriguing possibility for an under-the-radar goalie.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Good! This guy absolutely DESTROYS the Caps everytime they play

  2. mclovinhockey - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    NHL losing plenty of talent to the khl and retirement. This guy is a great goalie… Would love to have him in Philly but that wont happen

  3. gscheelar - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM


    This guy is a key part of our franchise. Without him, we would be in huge trouble on the back end…especially if the Jets don’t address the need for more D-Men who are responsible in their own end. Mark Stuart is good and Bogosian is a star in the making, but the rest of them are almost defensive liabilities. Enstrom can score and lead a PP, but he is smallish and not as strong in the D zone.

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