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Jets sign promising blue-liner Stanley to two-year deal with $900,000 AAV

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After making moves to acquire two solid, but expensive, NHL defencemen last week, the Winnipeg Jets signed a promising blue-liner to an economical bridge deal Wednesday.

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The Jets signed defenceman Logan Stanley, who had a good rookie seasons in 2021, to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $900,000.

For a team that could be heading into some salary cap trouble after picking up defencemen Nate Schmidt ($5.9 million AAV) and Brenden Dillon ($3.9 million AVV) and still needing to sign restricted free agent Neal Pionk, the Stanley deal makes good sense.

Stanley surprised many people, including the Jets’ coaching staff, by making the team out of training camp last January.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound blue-liner quickly found himself in the lineup and handled himself well, showing toughness, decent puck-moving ability and a big shot from the blue-line.

He had a goal and four points in 37 regular season games and added two goals and an assist in eight playoff games.

Drafted in the first round (18th overall) in 2016, Stanley took a while to become an NHL player, playing two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and two more in the American Hockey League, with the Manitoba Moose, before making his debut with the Jets.

Recognizing his unique blend of size and skill, the Jets protected Stanley in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft, exposing veteran Dylan DeMelo instead.

Fortunately for them, DeMelo was not selected by the Kraken, as the expansion team opted to take forward Mason Appleton instead.

Stanley, who impressed coaches with his off-season training regiment before last season, is projected to be a part of the Jets top-six defencemen in 2021-22.

Twyman@postmedia.com

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