Ramblings: Hellebuyck, Mantha, Frk, Chychrun, Ice Time Rates – July 13

Michael Clifford



The Winnipeg Jets have some young restricted free agents left to sign on the blue line, namely Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey, but they locked up their young goaltender for six more years at $37-million total. That means Connor Hellebuyck should be in Winnipeg through his age-30 season.

It’s really hard to peg goaltenders. Hellebuyck had a good showing in limited action in his rookie season, had a poor sophomore season, and was the runner-up for the Vezina Trophy in his third year. That’s basically the gamut of goaltenders: from having such a tenuous hold on the starting gig that the team signs a very expensive backup that eventually costs them Joel Armia to all-world goalie in the span of a year.

And that’s the risk here. If Hellebuyck can come close to repeating 2017-18 with any consistency over the next five or six years, the contract is a steal. If he reverts back to 2016-17 for the next five or six years, this contract is a boat anchor. There was an article in The Athletic from Leah Hextall early in the season that talked about Hellebuyck’s adjustments. Whatever he did seemed to work. Does it keep working? Let’s hope so.

Assuming both Morrissey and Trouba sign long-term deals, as does Patrik Laine sometime this season or next summer, they will have the three just mentioned, Hellebuyck, Mark Scheifele, and Nikolaj Ehlers signed through 2023-2024. Hellebuyck and Scheifele are the oldest of the bunch, going into their age-25 seasons in 2018-19. This is a very good young core committed to the team for a long time. There’s always uncertainty with goaltenders but the future (and present) is bright for this franchise.


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