Hellebuyck confident the best is yet to come for the Jets
The Winnipeg Jets have signed restricted free agent Connor Hellebuyck to a six-year, $37 million contract.
The contract carries a $6.167 million cap hit for Hellebuyck, who was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season. Hellebuyck will be the sixth-highest paid goaltender in the league this season behind Carey Price ($10.5 million), Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5M), Sergei Bobrovsky ($7.43M), Pekka Rinne ($7M) and Tuukka Rask ($7M).
Hellebuyck started 64 games last season, posting a 44-11-9 record with .924 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average. In his first career postseason, Hellebuyck posted a 9-8 record with a .922 save percentage and 2.36 GAA as the Jets reached the Western Conference Final. He had six shutouts during the regular season and added two in the playoffs.
The 25-year old is now one of four Jets signed through at least the 2023-24 season, joining Mark Scheifele ($6.125M), Nikolaj Ehlers ($6M) and Bryan Little ($5.29M). He was one of seven restricted free agents for the team this off-season, Brandon Tanev, Marko Dano, Adam Lowry, Jacob Trouba, Tucker Poolman and Joshua Morrissey remain unsigned. According to CapFriendly, the team has just over $20 million in cap space remaining for this season.
Hellebuyck took over as the Jets starter during the 2016-17 season, and posted a .907 save percentage with a 26-19-4 record.
He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round (130th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, Hellebuyck has recorded a .917 save percentage and a 2.55 GAA through 149 career games with the Jets.
Hellebuyck was coming off of a one-year contract worth $2.25 million.