By Carter Brooks
Photo by Michael Martin
The Winnipeg Jets have come to terms with forward Gabriel Bourque on a one-year, two-way contract.
The deal will pay the eight-year NHL veteran $700K if playing out the 2019-20 season in the NHL. If spent with the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League, Bourque will still earn a hefty $350K pay cheque. The product of Rimouski, QB. put together two goals and eight points in 55 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2018-19.
Bourque, 28, is no stranger to the NHL's Central Division, playing the entirety of his career in the West, including five seasons with the Nashville Predators (2011-16) and another three with Colorado (2016-19). In 361 career regular season NHL contests, the former QMJHL star has 38 goals, 97 points and 68 penalty minutes. He also has six goals and eight points in 33 postseason games.
After being selected 132nd overall in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by Nashville, Bourque cemented his role within the Preds' depth chart as a checking forward, capable of playing significant minutes on the penalty kill. Bourque finished the 2018-19 season second on the Avalanche in time spent playing shorthanded. Winnipeg's Adam Lowry led the Jets with a 2:16 average shorthanded time on ice in 2018-19. Fellow offseason acquisition Mark Letestu has also been known to spend time on the penalty kill.