Wheeler among seven Jets signings on Monday Staff

7/19/2011 3:35:55 AM

The Winnipeg Jets were busy on Monday signing seven players including right-winger Blake Wheeler to new contract. Wheeler signed a two-year deal worth $5.1 million total.

Wheeler scored seven goals and 17 points in 23 games with the Thrashers last season after being acquired in a trade with the Boston Bruins. He scored 18 goals and 44 points in 81 games overall last year.

The Thrashers acquired the 24-year-old from the Bruins on Feb. 28, 2011, along with defenceman Mark Stuart in exchange for centre Rich Peverley and defenceman Boris Valabik

In 244 career games Wheeler has 57 goals and 127 points to go along with 145 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round, fifth overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Brett Festerling, Riley Holzapfel, Arturs Kulda, Spencer Machacek, Ben Maxwell and Kenndal McArdle also agreed to terms with the Jets.