One of the main issues regarding the Winnipeg Jets during this offseason is their need to resign their restricted free agents (“RFAs”) with limited cap space to work with.
Those RFAs are Andrew Copp, Neal Pionk, and Logan Stanley. Each player played an extremely important role last season on the Jets and were all predicted to get significant raises to their average annual value (“AAV”) due to their stellar play from last season.
Today, the Winnipeg Jets have announced they have signed one of these players on a contract with a lower AAV.
The Winnipeg Jets have signed Logan Stanley to a two-year contract
Logan Stanley came into this offseason after having a fantastic rookie season for the Jets this past season and he was our site’s pick as the Jets’ 2021 rookie of the year. He appeared in 37 regular season games and played in all eight of the Jets’ postseason games.
During those 45 games, Stanley had some extremely impressive stats and showed he has the potential to be a top-tier shutdown defenseman. The twenty-three-year-old had a combined three goals, four assists, and a plus-nineteen plus/minus in both the regular season and playoffs.
One of his best games of his young career was in game four of the second round of the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens. During the game that the Jets ultimiatley got eliminated in, Stanley played absolutely outstanding and scored two goals.
Winnipeg has announced that Stanley’s new contract carries an AAV of $900,000, which is actually lower than his entry level contract which had a $1,075,833 AAV (including performance boneses) that just expired.
Stanley will definitely look to improve during his sophomore NHL season on a defensive corps that has added two veteran defensemen in Nate Schmidt and Brenden Dillon. It will be interesting to see who the Jets coaching staff ultimately pairs Stanley up with throughout the next season.
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