As teams get ready for the remaining rounds of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets took care of some business on Wednesday morning, signing defenceman Dylan DeMelo to a four-year contract extension. The contract is worth $12 million with an average annual value of $3 million.
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DeMelo came to the Jets as part of a trade at this past season’s NHL deadline from the Ottawa Senators. During his time with both teams in 2019-20, he recorded 10 assists and 37 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games. Now 27, he’ll be calling Winnipeg home for a while as the deal is believed to include a modified no-trade clause.
Breakdown of the DeMelo contract:
- Year 1, $2.5 M salary
- Year 2, $3 M salary
- Year 3, $3 M salary
- Year 4, $3.5 M salary
There are no signing bonuses, but DeMelo gets a raise from the $900k he made in his last deal.
The Jets Still Working on Defense
The Jets organization has made improving their blue line a priority and the signing of DeMelo is a step towards that end. They don’t necessarily have good depth on defense and DeMelo should slot in a a number #4 defenseman. He is great in defensive zone, can play at PK.
The London, Ont., native was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, 179th overall.
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