By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder
Kyle Connor will be a Winnipeg Jet for a very long time
On Saturday evening the Jets announced a monster seven-year deal with the league's only remaining restricted free agent, coming to terms on a deal carrying an annual average value of $7.14 million. Connor, 22, had been holding out back home in Michigan for the summer months and early stages of the fall.
After being selected 17th overall by the Jets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor joined Winnipeg for the final 20 games of the 2016-17 season, before earning a full-time spot in 2017-18. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound winger then put up back-to-back 30+ goal seasons, collected 31 in 2017-18 and 34 in 2018-19. The speedy forward also earned 57 and 66 points, respectively in those two years.
In 201 total NHL games, Connor has 74 goals, 143 points and 40 penalty minutes to his name. His new contract will pay him $50 million in total salary over the next seven seasons, with a limited no-trade clause in the final two seasons. Connor's season-by-season salary fluctuates from $5 million to $8 million during the course of the deal.