The people of Winnipeg are happy. They once again have NHL hockey in town, and they have embraced the Jets, with sell-out crowds, and despite being the smallest arena in the league, one of the loudest in the NHL.
One player that will be in Winnipeg for the next five years to embrace the Jets’ fans and atmosphere is goaltender, Ondrej Pavelec. Pavalec is fresh off of a five-year $19.5 million dollar contract that locks him up through the ’16-’17 season.
Pavalec did not put up the most impressive stats last season, recording 29 wins, a .906 save percentage and 2.91 goals against average in 68 games played. Not really stats that would constitute a near $20 million dollar contract.
But maybe the Winnipeg brass based Pavelec’s contract on this save. (Video after the jump)
The Philadelphia Flyers were on the power-play and seemed to have a sure goal. Jakub Voracek found the puck on his backhand with a wide open net, and just had to put the puck in the net. However, Pavalec got across the crease and made the glove save.
I don’t think Pavalec should take all the credit for this save. If defenseman, Mark Stuart, didn’t get his stick on Voracek’s stick and take some power off of the shot, that shot would get past Pavalec and the Flyers have a power-play goal.