Day One of Free Agency: Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets stay in house on Day 1 of NHL Free Agency – 

The Winnipeg Jets signed three players on day one of “Free Agent Frenzy”.  

On day one of the NHL’s annual free agent meat market the Winnipeg Jets re-signed two of their own UFAs, Adam Pardy and Matt Halischuk plus one of their own RFAs, prodigal son Alex Burmistrov.

Adam Pardy

Adam Pardy signed a one year, one-way deal worth $1,000,000.

Position: D   Shoots: Left

DOB: Mar. 29, 1984   Born: Bonavista, NL

Height: 6’4   Weight:  220

2014-15 NHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 55  G: 0  A: 9   Pts: 9   PIM: 40  Plus/Minus: +9

Reaction – neutral 

Adam Pardy is a decent depth defenceman that moves the puck okay and is pretty good in a penalty killing role.   Signing a one year deal still gives the organisation the option for a player like Josh Morrissey to make the jump to the big club at some point this season or next.   

Matt Halischuk

Matt Halischuk signed a one year, two-way deal worth $750,000.

Position: RW   Shoots: Right

DOB: June 1, 1988   Born: Toronto, Ont.

Height: 5’11   Weight: 186

2014-15 NHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 47  G: 3  A: 5   Pts: 8  PIM: 6  Plus/Minus: +5

Reaction neutral 

Matt Halischuk is at the point in his Winnipeg Jets tenure where he only a depth player at best and will probably spend most of his time with the AHL Manitoba Moose.  I’m okay with this deal as long as this is strictly an AHL call-up type of signing.

Alex Burmistrov 

After a two-year hiatus in the KHL,  RFA forward Alex Burmistrov has signed a two-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets.  As per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnson he will receive $3,100,000 over two years with an AAV of $1,550,000. 


Position: C/LW   Shoots: Left

DOB: Oct. 21, 1991   Born: Kazan, Russia

Height: 6’1   Weight: 180

2014-15 KHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 53  G: 10  A: 16   Pts: 26  PIM: 40  Plus/Minus: +6

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The Alex Burmistrov signing kind of took a little of the sting from the loss of UFA winger Michael Frolik to conference rival Calgary Flames.  I’ve always been a big Burmistrov fan and he should be just as versatile as the departed Frolik.

In today’s NHL, “Salary Cap Era” there are maybe ten NHL teams that have a true number one line.  The trend is to now have a “Top 9” forward group and Alex Burmistrov will fit quite comfortably into that group in Winnipeg.

At the end of this two-year deal Burmistrov will still be an RFA.



  1. Todd Leroux says

    I didn’t see the value of Frolik. He did work hard and apparently did all that was asked. Granted, I am no expert (and not the sharpest knife in the drawer), but it should be expected that someone in a contract year shows his very best. So, I am not too sorry to see him go (for lack of a better term) if he were to have gotten a similar deal in Wpg.

    Oh god…Adam Pardy? Maybe I am overly negative aka I focus on the screws ups as opposed to general competence, but he messed up so many times, so many games. Well, given that I am way more wrong than right in most of my assessments, Pardy should have a pretty good year, relatively speaking.

    Anyway, I am enjoying all the recent activity and look forward to watching some games next season.

  2. I see Burmi as a cheap replacement for Frolik. Will be interesting to see how he reacts to having a bunch of young guys nipping at his heels, that factor was never there before in the NHL for him.

  3. George Bain says

    Agree Mitch. I’m a big Burmistrov fan. He’s a bit like Frolik in that he can play in a number of different situations and on different lines. It would be great if on top of all that he scores quite a few goals!

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