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Jets aren’t looking to trade Ondrej Pavelec

Ondrej Pavelec

Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec deflects a Montreal Canadiens shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)


Ondrej Pavelec is scheduled to become a restricted free agents and it looks like a KHL team might be able to lure him away.

The Pavelec situation is still unresolved, but the Winnipeg Free Press is reporting that the one option not on the table is a trade. If Pavelec wants to play in the NHL, it will probably be with the Winnipeg Jets.

For the moment, it looks like Pavelec’s agent, Allen Walsh, is attempting to use the KHL offer to get the Jets to sweeten their proposed contract extension. Pavelec is believed to be seeking a four-year deal worth about $17 million, while the Jets are countering with a three-year, $12 million contract. Assuming those terms are roughly accurate, it certainly looks like the two sides are close enough to eventually get a deal done.

Pavelec had a hot-and-cold campaign that left him with a 2.91 GAA and .906 save percentage in 68 games. That’s a noticeable step down from what he did in the Atlanta Thrashers’ final season.