Winnipeg Jets And Drew Stafford Agree To A New Deal

Drew Stafford signs a two-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets –

Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets have re-signed pending UFA forward Drew Stafford to a two-year contract worth $8,700,000 with an average annual value (AAV or cap hit) of $3,350,000.

About Drew Stafford:

League: NCAA   Team: University of North Dakota

Position: RW     Shoots: Right

DOB: Oct. 30, 1985     Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI

Height: 6’2     Weight: 214

Drafted by: Buffalo Sabres   Round: 1st   Overall: 13th   Year: 2004 

2014-15 NHL Stats: Regular season

Buffalo:  Games: 50  G: 9  A: 15   Pts: 24   PIM: 39  Plus/Minus: -18

Winnipeg:  Games: 26  G: 9  A: 10   Pts: 19   PIM: 19  Plus/Minus: +6

Drew Stafford, 24, was originally drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres where he played nine season before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets in a blockbuster trade on Feb. 11, 2015.  

WHT analysis

When Drew Stafford arrived in Winnipeg he breathed new life in the Jets “Top Six” forwards and ultimately breathed new life into his game.  I think most Jets fans would agree that this was a fair deal for both parties involved.  Drew Stafford got a little bump in salary and the Jets aren’t over-committed to another long-term deal right now.  

Based on his numbers after arriving in Winnipeg last season it would pro-rate to a 60 point season that most feel would be unattainable for Stafford going forward.  He had 24 points in 50 games in Buffalo while tallying 19 points in 26 games with Winnipeg so it looks like the truth lay somewhere in between and he was paid accordingly.

The book is now closed on the “Blockbuster” trade of last February and the net result is:

Buffalo received: Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, and Jason Kasgorf

Winnipeg received: Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux, and Jack Roslovic.

I, along with most observers felt the Jets did pretty good in that trade and now with the signing of Drew Stafford it looks even better!

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