The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a six-year, $37 million contract with an average annual value of $6.167 million.
Hellebuyck, 25, appeared in a career-high 67 games for the Jets last season, setting single-season franchise records for wins (44), shutouts (6), and save percentage (.924). His 44 wins are the eighth most in a season in NHL history and the most by an American-born goaltender. The native of Commerce, Mich. was a finalist for the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender and was selected to the NHL’s Second All-Star team.
Hellebuyck saw his first action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this past spring, posting a 9-8 record, two shutouts, 2.36 goals-against average and .922 SV% in 17 games, as he helped the Jets reach the Western Conference Final.
In 149 career NHL regular season games, Hellebuyck has an 83-41-14 record with 12 shutouts, a 2.55 GAA, and .917 SV%. His 70 wins during the last two seasons are eighth most in the NHL.
Hellebuyck was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round (130th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.