The Winnipeg Jets have extended defenceman Logan Stanley for two more seasons through 2022-23 with an annual cap hit of $900 thousand. The team has not had the cap space to spend on premium players this offseason, but they are slowly filling out their roster as the 2021-22 season approaches. Frank Seravalli of DailyFaceoff announced the deal Wednesday morning.
#nhljets announce D Logan Stanley has a new deal: 2 years x $900k AAV.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) August 4, 2021
Logan Stanley Extended by Jets
Stanley had a fine year playing a key role with Winnipeg in 2020-21. He posted one goal and four points in 37 games with an average of 13:13 of ice time. While those numbers may not leap off the page, his 49 hits and 31 blocks is a much clearer indicator of what Stanley brings to the team. The 6’7″ blueliner ended the season with a 50.6 percent Corsi For and 1.4 relative Corsi. As far as rookie debuts go, Stanley had a very solid start to his career.
The Jets originally selected Stanley 18th overall in the 2016 Draft. Much of his time since that moment has been spent with his OHL squad in Kitchener or the Manitoba Moose, the Jets’ AHL affiliate. Stanley posted 15 goals and 42 goals in 61 games in his final season as a Canadian junior player before scoring nine goals and 32 points in 117 games in his first two AHL seasons.
What This Means for the Team
The Jets have a fairly well-stocked blueline for the upcoming season. Stanley will have to battle several players for the rights to a spot on the second or third pairing. Expect some fierce competition with individuals such as Ville Heinola for a regular role.
According to CapFriendly, Winnipeg has just over $6 million in cap space remaining to improve the team. The entirety of that remaining figure likely goes towards extending Andrew Copp and Neal Pionk. However, the team could also try to trade someone if it looks as though money will be an issue. It is also unclear who will act as the backup goaltender behind Connor Hellebuyck if it isn’t Eric Comrie.
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