By Scott Billeck
The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed defenceman Zach Redmond to a one-year, two-way deal. He will make $715,000 as an NHL player but only $65,000 if he plays in the AHL.
The Winnipeg Jets released a statement today regarding Zach Redmond and his new contract, confirming earlier reports that a deal had been struck between the two sides.
Redmond, 24, made his NHL debut in 2012-13 when he appeared in eight games with the Winnipeg Jets. During that time, Redmond recorded four points (1G, 3A) and 12 penalty minutes before suffering a significant leg injury which ended his NHL season. He returned to play a pair of games with the IceCaps of the American Hockey League to end the season.
The Houston, TX native has played in 113 career AHL games between Chicago and St. John’s for 50 career points (16G, 34A) and 71 career penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round, 184th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft
The leg injury that Redmond suffered was quite severe, and forced him to miss the rest of the season with the Jets after becoming a staple in the line-up. His recovery has been quick, with trainers and doctors both saying it has been nothing short of “miraculous.”
Redmond will join the Jets for training camp in the fall, ready to compete in a very crowded defensive environment.
Redmond was the recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial Reward last season. The award is given to the player who embodies perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward or recognition, so his team and teammates might succeed.
(With files from the Winnipeg Jets)