Report: Jets, Stafford attempting to work out contract extension

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The Winnipeg Jets appear keen on retaining the services of Drew Stafford.

Acquired this past season in a deal that sent Evander Kane to the Buffalo Sabres, Stafford had an immediate impact on the club.

Winnipeg is now attempting to re-sign the impending unrestricted free agent, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

There definitely are attempts being made on an extension for Drew Stafford in Winnipeg. One source warned against using the word "optimistic." But it sounds like both sides are trying.

Stafford appeared in 26 regular-season games for the Jets, scoring nine goals and adding 10 assists. He also chipped in a goal and an assist in the club's four playoff games.

The 29-year-old is coming off a four-year contract that saw him earn $4 million a season, and, after averaging over 20 goals per 82 games up to this point in his career, could prove to be a valuable veteran presence for a Jets club seemingly on the rise.

Whether the two sides can agree on term and valuation, however, remains to be seen.

Report: Jets, Stafford attempting to work out contract extension
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