The Winnipeg Jets announce they have agreed to terms with defenseman Zach Bogosian on a new seven-year contract worth $36 million.

“I’ve made it clear since my first time being in Winnipeg that it was obviously a place I wanted to be for a long time,” said Bogosian in a conference call Monday afternoon. “I’m just real happy that Winnipeg believed in me, gave me another chance to prove myself. I didn’t exactly have the best start to my career in Atlanta. Moving up to Winnipeg gave me a new chance to play in a hockey market, and play in a hockey town that I enjoyed playing in front of. That’s where the term came in, it was definitely a no-brainer.”

Bogosian, 23, played in 33 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season. In that time, the right-handed blueliner recorded 14 points (5G, 9A) and 29 penalty minutes. Along with his efforts on the ice, Bogosian was also awarded the Staffmax Staffing & Recruiting Community Service Award for his commitment to the Winnipeg community and his role with the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.

The Massena, NY native has played in 297 career NHL games between Atlanta and Winnipeg for 103 career points (34G, 69A) and 237 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round, third overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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