Winnipeg Jets re-sign Kyle Wellwood for $1.6M
Winnipeg Jet Kyle Wellwood, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lighting during the second period of an NHL hockey game on March 31 in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press File Photo / Brian Blanco)
Published Friday, July 13, 2012 4:30PM CST
Last Updated Friday, July 13, 2012 5:00PM CST
The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed free agent Kyle Wellwood.
The 29-year-old forward was signed to a $1.6 million, one year deal on Friday afternoon.
The salary is $1 million more than what Wellwood earned playing for the team in 2011-12. Wellwood posted a career best 18 goals and 47 points with the Jets, placing him fifth on the team, prompting the massive payhike.
Wellwood played in 77 games last season and lived up to his reputation as a gentlemanly player, accounting for only four penalty minutes.
The Windsor, Ont. Native has played 450 games in the NHL for the Jets, as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
Wellwood was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round of the 2001 NHL draft. He briefly played in the KHL in 2011 before returning to the NHL to play a season for the Sharks and then the Jets.