by Brandt Corbin
After a long drawn out off-season, one that included questions of him wanting out and full of trade rumours, finally Zach Bogosian has signed on the dotted line with the Winnipeg Jets. Just like the negations, the signing happened very quietly. If anything, there has been more rumours of him being dealt that of him re-singing.
The signing makes sense for both teams, the Jets keep their most promising defenseman ever in the franchise’s history. The deal is also good for the first rounder despite others saying he left money on the table.
After a very disappointing 2010-11 season that seen the American defenseman get a career low 17 points and -27, it was a tough contract to negotiate. In the end, the Jets get a favourable 2 year contract worth 5 million ( 2 million & 3 million p/y). This will be a make or break contract for Bogosian, if his downslide continues it could be him last guaranteed contract. If he starts hitting the potential as a top 3 defenseman, he could be in line for a 50% raise or better.
How much can assistant coach Charlie Huddy help out the fourth year defenseman. He’s guaranteed to have a better relationship than Bogosian has with John Torchetti (last year’s ass’t coach in Atlanta).
Trickle down affect?
This deal could likely could spell the end of Johnny Oduya’s time with the franchise. He has been linked to Montreal for a few months, could the Jets get back Andrei Kostitsyn? The Russian is a top 6 forward has been in/out of the dog house with Habs coach Jauques Martin. The reasoning for Oduya possibly being moved, his do we want a 5th de-man who makes 3.5 million p/y and who has a career best 27 points.