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Winnipeg Jets Sign Defenseman Tobias Enstrom to Contract Extension

WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 26: Tobias Enstrom #39 of the Winnipeg Jets skates down the ice during a game against the Ottawa Senators in NHL action at the MTS Centre on March 26, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
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Anthony CapocciContributor IJuly 27, 2012

Scott Brown of True North announced today on Twitter that the Winnipeg Jets have come to terms with defenseman Tobias Enstrom on a contract extension. According to TSN, Enstrom's extension is for five years with a total value worth $28.75 million. When the extension kicks in, Enstrom will be the highest-paid player on the roster, making $5.75 million per year.

Enstrom, 27, was entering the final year of his four-year deal, which would have made him a UFA in the 2012-13 offseason.

Enstrom played in 62 games last season and tallied six goals to go with 27 assists. Enstrom has spent five years in the NHL and has scored 204 points in 380 career games.

 

Analysis

This was a great signing by Kevin Cheveldayoff. Enstrom will make $5.75 million per year. This is a bargain for the Jets as Enstrom is already proven to be one of the best two-way defenders in the game.

As far as length, five years is just what I expected. At the age of 27, Enstrom is in his prime and should continue to put up points and play stellar defense throughout the contract.

It would have been a battle in the 2013 offseason for Enstrom's services with many teams involved, but thankfully it didn't have to get to that. The Jets continue to impress this offseason with many key moves that will help sustain the team.

Enstrom has been a key piece for this franchise for all five years of his career and will continue to be one for at least five more.

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