Jets sign defenceman Mark Stuart to extension

Mark Stuart signed a contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Mark Stuart signed a contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

WINNIPEG - In the end, Mark Stuart got his wish and is staying put.

Instead of being on the move before the NHL trade deadline, the gritty defenceman agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets that is worth $10.5 million, carries an average annual value of $2.625 million and represents a raise of nearly $1 million per season.

The deal also includes a modified no-trade clause.

"It was clear from the start that both sides were motivated to make this happen," Matt Keator, Stuart's agent, said in an e-mail. "Mark loves the ownership, team and the city so when (Cheveldayoff) aggressively pursued this contract with us, it was an easy deal to make."

Leading up to the deadline, Stuart made it clear that he was proud of the strides the team has taken in recent months and wanted to be part of the process moving forward and perhaps reap some of the rewards.

Now he'll have that chance.


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