The Winnipeg Jets may have taken their time signing players in free agency this offseason, but on Monday they made a great move by reaching and agreement on a seven-year deal with defenseman Zach Bogosian. Things look much better now than they did a few weeks ago for the Jets, who had five players file for arbitration. Deals were reached with all five of those players, including a deal with forward Blake Wheeler over the weekend.
Bogosian was drafted third overall in 2008 by the Atlanta Thrashers, and has spent his entire 297-game career with the Thrashers/Jets franchise. He has scored 34 goals and collected 103 points over his career, including five goals and 14 points during the 2013 season. The Jets defense is now in great shape for the next few seasons, with Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, Grant Clitsome, Tobias Enstrom and Jacob Trouba signed through the 2015-16 season. Only Byfuglien averaged more ice time than Bogosian last season, and both saw a decent amount of time on the power play.
The seven-year deal is reported to be worth $36 million, working out to a little over $5.1 million per season. That’s a huge vote of confidence the Jets have placed in Bogosian, and he now needs to live up to that contract. Injuries have been a concern throughout the first five seasons of his career, and he has not come close to playing a full season since the 2009-10 campaign. The Jets now have $16 million per season tied up in their top three blueliners (Enstrom, Byfuglien and Bogosian), but at 23 years old Bogosian presents the most upside of the trio.