KHL club chasing Pavelec: Report

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is reporteldy being pursued by KHL club SKA St. Petersburg. (JASON...

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is reporteldy being pursued by KHL club SKA St. Petersburg. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency file photo)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:31 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Ondrej Pavelec looks like the latest NHL player to be targeted by the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Winnipeg Jets goalie is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1, but a report out of the Czech Republic — referenced by Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night during the Satelite Hot Stove segment — has suggested that SKA St. Petersburg has made him an offer.

Agent Allan Walsh, who represents Pavelec, would neither confirm nor deny the validity of the report.

"I have no comment on Ondrej Pavelec at this time," Walsh wrote in an e-mail on Saturday night.

Pavelec, 24, played in a career-high 68 games for the Jets last season, posting a record of 29-28-9 with four shutouts, a 2.91 goals against average and .906 save percentage while playing 3,932 minutes (which was ninth best in the NHL).

Pavelec made $1.3 million USD last season (for a cap hit of $1.15 million) and is due a significant raise in his next contract.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff doesn't comment on ongoing negotiations, but it's clear that getting Pavelec signed to a new deal is a priority for the hockey club.


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