The Winnipeg Jets have signed center Mathieu Perreault to a four-year, $16.5 million contract extension, the club announced.
Perreault’s new deal comes with a steep $4.125 million annual average value.
“Mathieu has found his place, found his home,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “He’s played the best hockey of his career here. He’s excited he fits and he’s become a really versatile player for us on the wings and at center ice. I think style of game too – when fans come and watch, and the players on the bench really appreciate his tenacity. For not a big guy, he plays with a big heart. We’re really fortunate, really pleased that he picked us again”
The 28-year-old scored nine goals and 32 assists in 71 games with Winnipeg last season. Not only did Perrault’s goal totals drop from 2015-16 season, but his face-off wins percentage dropped to 46.3 percent - his lowest total since the 2010-11 season.
Perreault had one year remaining on his three-year, $9 million contract before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent.
"His game is an infectious game. He's a guy that likes the puck on his stick and makes plays," said GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. He's good on the power play, can play center, can play wing - has shown his versatility in a lot of different areas. That kind of versatility and enthusiasm, just what he is like in the room and the chemistry that is there with him and the coaching staff, there's lots of positives."
Originally a 2006 sixth-round pick of the Washington Capitals, Perreault has appeared in 361 games with the Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and Jets scoring 78 goals and 195 points.
The Drummondville, Quebec native scored 18 goals and a career-best 43 points with Anaheim in 2013-14.