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Winnipeg, Postma avoid arbitration with two-year, $1.425 million deal

Jul 18, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

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The Winnipeg Jets have avoided salary arbitration with another restricted free agent, agreeing to a new deal with defenseman Paul Postma.

According to the Winnipeg Sun, it’s a two-year deal worth $1.425 million — $650k next season, $775K in 2014-15.

Postma, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with the Jets in 2013, posting career highs in games (34), points (nine) and average time on ice (15:02).

The Jets were supposed to have an arbitration hearing with Postma on July 30th but, like with RFA forward Eric Tangradi, they avoided going that route by offering a new deal.

(Tangradi avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $1.35 million extension.)

Postma, a former WHL Calgary standout, played last season on a one-year, $550,000 deal.

His signing still leaves Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff with three significant arbitration hearings looming — Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian.

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