By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder
The Winnipeg Jets announced that they have signed defenceman Nelson Nogier to a one-year, two-way contract.
Nogier's deal will pay him $700K at the NHL level, and $80K if he spends the upcoming season with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. The 23-year-old Saskatoon product spent the past three years playing with the Moose, while also earning 11 games of NHL experience with the big club.
Following an eight-goal, 50-point, 196-penalty minute Western Hockey League career that saw the defenceman suit up in 128 games for his hometown Blades and another 107 for the Red Deer Rebels from 2012-16, Nogier joined the Moose in 2016-17, dressing in 60 games, while picking up two goals and 13 points. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound blueliner has three goals, 23 points and 87 total penalty minutes in 147 realgar season AHL games, while also picking up five penalty minutes in 11 NHL games for the Jets.
With Nogier under contract for the 2019-20 season, Jets' GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has 37 of a maximum 50 players under contract for the coming year. Winnipeg's restricted free agents still searching for new deals include Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, Andrew Copp, Neal Pionk and Eric Comrie.
If no resolution occurs, Copp and Pionk (who filed for salary ambition) will have their cases heard by a neutral arbitrator next week. Copp - who spent the past four years playing for Winnipeg - has a set date of July 21st, while Pionk - who the Jets acquired as a part of the return for Jacob Trouba - will plead his case for a better deal on July 24th.