Jets' Connor plans to sign new deal before training camp
Icon Sportswire / Getty

Winnipeg Jets restricted free-agent forward Kyle Connor is hopeful that he can get a new contract signed before the team's training camp begins in September.

"Yeah, that's definitely the plan," Connor said, according to's Scott Billeck. "The player never wants to miss time in training camp. It's tough not getting that preparation and time with teammates in practice."

Asked about his preference regarding term, the 22-year-old said, "we'll look at everything, but probably focus more on (the) long term," according to TSN.

Connor enjoyed a career year during his third NHL season in 2018-19, as he tallied 34 goals and 66 points in 82 games while adding three goals and five points in six playoff contests.

A number of high-profile restricted free agents remain unsigned, including fellow Jets winger Patrik Laine, but Connor understands the nature of the negotiating process and remains focused on preparing for the season.

"I have friends, other players who are going through the same situation," Connor said, according to Billeck. "I don't think it's anything to press the panic button on. It's kind of how these things go. It's definitely different. Usually, you already know what's going on and you have plans, everything like that. But right now it's no different from a training aspect."

The Jets have the lowest cap hit in the league and have $17.6 million in projected cap space, according to CapFriendly. Winnipeg has just eight forwards under contract, however, and will need to add a pair to its payroll in addition to Connor and Laine.

Jets' Connor plans to sign new deal before training camp
  Got something to say? Leave a comment below!
Daily Newsletter
Get the latest trending sports news daily in your inbox