WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets have dropped a bombshell ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. CDT deadline to finalize their 23 player roster for the start of the regular season. Veteran goalie Ondrej Pavelec is among eight players who have been re-assigned to the AHL Manitoba Moose.
Pavelec is scheduled to make 4.75 million dollars in the fifth and final year of his current contract, but his salary cap hit to the Jets is the average annual value of 3.9 million dollars. And the NHL team would be on the hook for the entire worth of that contract, regardless of whether Pavelec plays in the NHL or the Minors.
The Jets could also wind up paying “one way” money in the minors for forward Anthony Peluso and Defenceman Brian Strait who are scheduled to make 700 and 600 thousand dollars respectively. Like Pavelec, those two have also been re-assigned to the Moose – who will have the AHL’s biggest payroll if all three players clear waivers. Defenceman Julian Melchiori, who played well down the stretch for Winnipeg, must also clear waivers before he can return to the AHL. Melchiori is on a two way contract that pays him 100 thousand dollars at the minor league level.
Forwards Andrew Copp, Marko Dano, Nic Petan, and Chase De Leo have been re-assigned as well but are not subject to waivers. The Jets now have 15 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders on their roster. Forward Shawn Matthias has been injured and his status for Thursday’s season and home opener versus the Carolina is questionable. If Matthias was to start the season on injured reserve, that would get the roster down to their league-mandated 23 players.