By Scott Billeck
The Winnipeg Jets announced Monday afternoon that they have agreed to terms with defenceman Zach Bogosian on a new seven-year contract worth $36 million.
The deal struck between the Jets and Bogosian avoided the arbitration hearing that was set for this Friday.
“It feels great,” said Bogosian. “I am just really happy that Winnipeg believed in me, and gave me another chance to prove myself.
“I am very excited to be here for the next seven years; it feels like home to me.
“It was very humbling to know Winnipeg wanted me to be there for a long time. Knowing that I will be here for the next seven years, I know that I have a home.”
Bogosian, 22, played in 33 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season. In thattime, the right-handed blueliner recorded 14 points (5G, 9A) and 29 penalty minutes. Along with his efforts on the ice, Bogosian was also awarded the Staffmax Staffing & Recruiting Community Service Award for his commitment to the Winnipeg community and his role with the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.
The product of Massena, N.Y.,has played in 297 career NHL games between Atlanta and Winnipeg for 103 career points (34G, 69A) and 237 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round, third overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft
Being in Winnipeg is something that excites Bogosian.
“I have really enjoyed my time there (Winnipeg) since day one,” said Bogosian. I can’t say enough about how the Jets organization runs the organization, Mark Chipman, and Chevy (Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff), it is first class there.”
Bogosian brushed aside any notion that he and possibly some others are being overpaid in the Jets organization.
“It’s not my job to listen to people who say I am overpaid or underpaid,” said Bogosian. “It is something that you obviously want to do what is right for the team and yourself, meet in the middle.”
Bogosian admitted that he understood the pressure on him to perform at a high level after signing a big contract, but also conceded that he wouldn’t change his game.
“I put pressure on myself, I am fully committed all of the time,” said Bogosian. “You play your game, every game, and put froth your best effort.
“I won’t change myself.”
When asked if he thinks the team has a chance to be a Stanley Cup contender, Bogosian stated, “I believe so.”
(With files from the Winnipeg Jets press release)