Winnipeg Jets have re-signed Zach Bogosian on a seven-year-deal worth $36million.
Bogosian didn't have the best start to life at Winnipeg, and he was unable to hold down a spot in the Jet's starting line-up under two different coaches over the last three years.
When Bogosian was given opportunities to play, he impressed general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and proved to be an influential figure in the Jets' side.
Bogosian made his international debut with the American national team in 2009 at the IIHF World Championship in Switzerland, appearing in all nine games of the tournament and also accumulating one assist.
However, Bogosian only has 34 goals and 69 assists in 297 NHL games, but manager Cheveldayoff and his staff are willing to take a gamble on the 23-year-old defenceman,
"We have Zach locked up for what are the best years of a defenceman's career," Cheveldayoff said on a conference call, according to CBC Sports.
"Zach is someone that we wanted to show our faith in we know that as he continues to grow (as) a defenceman, his role and his leadership and all aspects of his game are going to help this team to get to the next level."
Bogosian expressed his delight at rejoining the Winnipeg Jets and was pleased with the belief the team have in him. The American also admitted signing a seven-year-deal was a 'no-brainer' and revealed he was humbled to have another opportunity under Claude Noel.
"I'm just real happy that Winnipeg believed in me and kind of gave me another chance to kind of prove myself," Bogosian said.
"I didn't exactly have the best start of my career in Atlanta, and obviously moving up to Winnipeg gave me a new chance to play in a hockey market and play in a hockey town that really I enjoyed playing in front of.
"It was definitely a no-brainer for me to want to stay there for a long time.
"It was very, I guess, humbling to know that Winnipeg wanted me to stay there for a long time as much as I did. It was mutual that both sides wanted to do a long-term deal from the get-go."
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