The Winnipeg Jets avoided salary arbitration with forward Michael Frolik, but have run the risk of losing him after next season.
There won’t be a potentially painful club-elected salary arbitration hearing (which was scheduled for Thursday in Toronto), but the two sides were unable to find common ground on a long-term deal, so Frolik agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.
The deal represents a modest raise over the $2.3-million salary cap hit Frolik carried last season, but allows him to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2015.
Frolik had 15 goals and 42 points in 81 games for the Jets last season after he was acquired for a pair of draft picks from the Chicago Blackhawks.
The dependable two-way winger is a valuable member of the Jets’ penalty killing unit and finished last season on the top line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd.
The 10th overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft has 76 goals and 193 points in 430 NHL games.