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Jets aren’t looking to trade Ondrej Pavelec

Jun 22, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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Ondrej Pavelec is scheduled to become a restricted free agents and it looks like a KHL team might be able to lure him away.

The Pavelec situation is still unresolved, but the Winnipeg Free Press is reporting that the one option not on the table is a trade. If Pavelec wants to play in the NHL, it will probably be with the Winnipeg Jets.

For the moment, it looks like Pavelec’s agent, Allen Walsh, is attempting to use the KHL offer to get the Jets to sweeten their proposed contract extension. Pavelec is believed to be seeking a four-year deal worth about $17 million, while the Jets are countering with a three-year, $12 million contract. Assuming those terms are roughly accurate, it certainly looks like the two sides are close enough to eventually get a deal done.

Pavelec had a hot-and-cold campaign that left him with a 2.91 GAA and .906 save percentage in 68 games. That’s a noticeable step down from what he did in the Atlanta Thrashers’ final season.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    The Jets had better sign him. His numbers from last year don’t come close to telling the whole story. His d left him out to dry or got caught flatfooted quite frequently. If you’ve watched any number of Jets games, you’d see that he was their best player on the ice and saved their keesters numerous times, and he’s a starter at only 24. They need to make a solid effort to wrap this thing up or risk having an even worse team next year. Come on Chevy! Throw a few more loonies into that deal already!

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