The Winnipeg Jets have had 28-year-old center Mathieu Perreault in their system for the last two seasons, where he’s put up a consistent 41 points each year – despite failing to hit a full 82-game season in either campaign due to injuries.
Now, the team has locked him up long-term as a result.
The Jets, who are heading into Perreault’s final season under his current contract with the club, have opted to ink him to a four-year extension, as confirmed by the club on Thursday afternoon. Per General Fanager, the new deal – which will kick into effect at the start of the 2017-18 season – will cost $4.125 million per season until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Drafted 177th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2006, Perreault was first dealt out of Washington’s system in 2013 as part of the deal that sent John Mitchell to the Capitals from the Anaheim Ducks.
The Pacific Division club opted not to keep Perreault in their system after just one year of his services, though, and he instead signed as a free agent on a three year deal with Winnipeg.
Although Perreault only managed to put up nine goals last year, his ability to maintain a 40-plus point pace for his third consecutive season helped him earn both the raise with Winnipeg and the security of five more years of his services. For the Jets, this helped them maintain cost control, as well – if he manages to put up career numbers this year, he’s already locked in for less than $4.5 million per season until he is 33.