July 18 2011 04:50PM
According to Darren Dregger of TSN, the Jets have re-signed Blake Wheeler to a contract worth a total of $5.1 million ($2.55 million cap hit). That dollar figure is a fair price considering Wheelers' comparables and he's a good bet to provide value on that ticket.
As Robert noted earlier today, Wheeler figures to be a top-six forward for Winnipeg going forward. The former 5th overall pick struggled to move beyond Boston's third line since breaking into the NHL, but his ice time ballooned to more than 18 minutes per night for Atlanta after he was traded, resulting in his improved output. Wheeler has averaged 0.52 points-per-game through the first four seasons of his career (43 points over 82 games), but is poised to break 50 with an increased opportunity with the Jets.
Overall, a good addition and a better than fair value deal.