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Jets sign Bogosian — seven years, $36 million

Jul 29, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Days after avoiding arbitration and agreeing to a long-term contract with winger Blake Wheeler, the Winnipeg Jets have done the same with their other key remaining restricted free agent, defenseman Zach Bogosian.

The club announced today that the two sides have come together on a seven-year contract worth $36 million.

Bogosian, 23, had five goals and nine assists in 2013 while averaging 23:07 of ice time in the 33 games he played.

The third overall pick in the 2008 draft, Bogosian joins Wheeler, Evander Kane, Bryan Little, and Tobias Enstrom on the list of Jets signed through at least 2017-18.

Bogosian’s cap hit of $5.14 million is the third highest among Winnipeg d-men, with Enstrom at $5.75 million and Dustin Byfuglien at $5.2 million.

Only two NHL players remain headed for arbitration — Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (hearing Wednesday) and Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser (hearing Tuesday).

Related: Fraser and Maple Leafs are far apart on salary

  1. bigkniht37 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    this seems like quite the rich contract for a guy that’s yet to prove he can stay healthy or proven he is a top pairing Dman…good to see that lockout did nothing to smarten up GMs about poor contracts.

  2. 19to77 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Does Stepan not have arbitration rights? Figured he’d be on that list too.

  3. jb8588 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Wasn’t it as early as this past season that Bogosian was in the doghouse a bit and wasn’t close to living up to his potential? Then he gets this huge contract? IMO from watching enough Jets games…he hasn’t come close to earning $5+ mil a season.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    The guy is a big, physical defencemen who can skate fluidly, handle the puck & shoot the puck well.
    He’s stuck up for teammates & fought other teams fighter’s too. There is a reason why he was invited to the USA Olympic camp. If you can’t see these things then I doubt you’ve actually been watching Jets games

    • ryanrockzzz - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      No we have all just been watching the actual production.

  5. ruthlessandtoothless - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Paying his potential and not his resume. I hate these kind of deals and I hope for Winnipegs sake he becomes the player he should be but this is a sketchy move.

  6. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Winnipeg sure is paying a lot of money to keep a team that doesn’t make the playoffs together. Looks like it takes a lot of money to get people to stay in Winnipeg. It’s far from the nicest, most exciting NHL city to live in.

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