Jets sign Blake Wheeler to $41.25 million, 5-year extension

In this April 15, 2018, file photo, Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game, in St. Paul, Minn. The Winnipeg Jets have signed captain Blake Wheeler to a $41.25 million, five-year contract extension. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff announced the signing Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (Andy Clayton-King / AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Winnipeg Jets have signed captain Blake Wheeler to a $41.25 million, five-year contract extension.

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff announced the signing Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Wheeler led the Jets with a career-high 91 points last season. He had 23 goals, and his 68 assists were tied for the NHL lead.

The 6-foot-5 winger from Plymouth, Minnesota, finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting as league MVP and was a second-team All-Star selection. In the playoffs, Wheeler had three goals and 18 assists during Winnipeg’s run to the Western Conference final.

The deal kicks in a year from now and runs through the 2023-24 season at a salary-cap hit of $8.25 million. That’s a significant raise from his current contract that counts $5.6 million against the cap each year.