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Winnipeg to place goaltender Pavelec on waivers

Winnipeg Jets Goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) [5337] has a puck slip through the 5 hole during the NHL game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire

Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is the latest surprise to be named to the waiver wire as it looks the Winnipeg Jets have decided to look into a difference direction for the upcoming season.

Pevelec, 29, has spent his entire career with the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers organization. Selected by the then Atlanta franchise in the second round of the 2005 NHL Draft.

Last season the Czech Republic native suited up 33 times for the Winnipeg Jets and posted a 2.78 goals against average (GAA) and a .904 save percentage (SV%) after going 13-13-4 during the season.

In 371 career games with the organization Pavelec has a 149-154-47 record and has maintained a 2.85 GAA and .907 SV% with time spent in both the turbulent Atlanta days and with the relocation process in Winnipeg.

The clubs long-time starting netminder may be the first pawn to fall in a shuffle of goaltenders in the NHL that are looking to be moved by other clubs as the season nears, but also in preparation for the upcoming expansion draft.

While Pavelec has a chance of clearing waiver and reporting to the American Hockey League while maintaining his contract with the Jets, it is possible that his placement on waiver could see him claimed by another club.

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