POLAR BEAR CITY, MB --
The Winnipeg Jets announced this morning that they agreed to a four-year contract with forward Patrick Sharp. The deal will pay the very handsome forward a very handsome fee of $4.5M per season.
When pressed for a comment on the signing, GM Marc Dumont had this to say: "He's overpaid, and his term is way too long, but the fact of the matter is that we needed offensive help, and had no salary cap issues to deal with. We don't want to end up like Buffalo, wasting the prime years of our star players, so we made a commitment to improve the team, all the while avoiding spending any assets to acquire a first-line forward. It's also worth noting that Sharp becomes our third best scoring option among forwards, which is an area where we desperately needed improvement. "
With the addition of Sharp, the Jets can now ice a relatively strong roster, which wasn't the case to start the year. Essentially, the playoff hopes are back on the table.
"We still have a few irons in the fire, and may acquire another elite player or two, but as it stands we're confident in our roster."
Following a big 6-0 win over Chicago last night, these were the lines this morning at practice:
Andrew Cogliano - Mike Cammalleri - Evgeni Malkin,
Patrick Sharp - Anze Kopitar - RJ Umberger,
Dustin Brown - Nate Thompson - Steve Downie
Iiro Pakarinen - Brett Sutter - Patrick Bordeleau
Marc Edouard Vlasic - Drew Doughty,
Stephane Robidas - Slava Voynov,
Jason Demers - Adam Pardy,