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Jets sign Wheeler to 5-year, $41.25M contract extension

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The Winnipeg Jets signed captain Blake Wheeler to a five-year contract extension worth $41.25 million, the team announced Tuesday.

Wheeler's contract carries a cap hit of $8.25 million per season, which ties him with Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek for the third-highest among right-wingers, according to Cap Friendly.

The coming season was set to be the last of Wheeler’s six-year, $33.6-million contract, after which he would have become an unrestricted free agent.

The 32-year-old is coming off a stellar 2017-18 campaign in which he put up a team-best 91 points, topping his previous career high of 78, set during the 2015-16 season. He also tied Flyers captain Claude Giroux with a league-high 68 assists.

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