Winnipeg, MB, Canada (4E Sports) – Forward Michael Florik avoided arbitration with the Winnipeg Jets after he agreed to terms of a one-year contract worth $3.3 million.
After the deal was reached, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said the possibility of signing Frolik to a long-term contract remains. Frolik had 15 goals and 42 points in 81 games for the Jets last season.
“It is part of the way the summer unfolds and sometimes you’re able to beat the deadline and accomplish some of the things that you set out to. But whether it’s a deal that happens at different points in time, we’ll just continue to talk,” said Cheveldayoff.
A first-round pick (No. 10) by the Florida Panthers at the 2006 NHL Draft, Frolik scored 21 goals in each of his first two seasons in the Sunshine State.
He was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 10, 2011, won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and was traded to Winnipeg a few weeks later. He has 76 goals and 193 points in 430 games for Florida, Chicago and Winnipeg.
The Jets will open the 2014-15 season on Oct. 9 against the Arizona Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.