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Stafford staying put with Winnipeg Jets

The Jets signed veteran winger Drew Stafford to a US$8.7-million, two-year contract.
The Jets signed veteran winger Drew Stafford to a US$8.7-million, two-year contract. John Woods / The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets will have one less free agent hitting the open market on Wednesday after the team announced forward Drew Stafford has re-signed with the Jets.  Stafford agreeing to a 2 year contract extension that will pay him $4.35 million per season.

“It was one of those things that I got the offer, and I was extremely excited, cause you know Winnipeg is one of the places where like I said, I just had a great time.” said Stafford.

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Stafford, 29, came over to the Jets in February in a blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres that saw Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian head to Buffalo.

“It was easy for me because like I said, I love the city.” said Stafford.  “The fans are unbelievable to me and very welcoming when Tyler (Myers) and I got there.  Just playing under Paul (Maurice) and being around the guys, it’s just a great group that I feel like I fit in really well.”

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Stafford appeared in 26 games with the Jets and was a good fit on the 2nd line scoring nine goals with ten assists.  Stafford’s agent had discussions with several other teams but in the end the Jets made him the best offer.

“When I got to Winnipeg I was able to get my game back, and start to at least move the needle to the positive side where I feel like I know how I can play, and like I said, I feel like I still have a lot left to show.”