Latest on the Jets and Canadiens – June 10, 2012.

A rumor claiming Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec has an offer from a KHL team, plus the latest on the Canadiens front office staffing.


Pavelec rumored to have offer from KHL.

WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: cited a report from Hockey Night in Canada’s “Hotstove” claiming Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec had received a “big money, one-year offer” from a KHL team, believed to be SKA St. Petersburg.

Neither Pavelec’s agent Allan Walsh or Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had any comment on the report. Pavelec is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1. Ed Tait of the Free Press suggested the KHL offer could not only provide Pavelec with leverage in his contract talks with the Jets, but also give him an option should there be another NHL lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given that neither side is willing to comment, I’d suggest this report (from CBC’s well-respected and well-connected Elliotte Friedman) has “legs”. As it’s only a one-year offer, it sounds like Pavelec can use it to leverage a lucrative multi-year deal from the Jets, as well as possible insurance if there’s an NHL lockout.

CANOE.CA/RDS.CA: The Montreal Canadiens have met, or will meet, with Donald Audette and Gerard Gallant regarding their assistant head coaching positions, while Patrice Brisebois could be returning to the club in a front office role.


  1. Pavelec came to the “Q” in 2005. I think he’s put in his time on this continent and showed his commitment to North American hockey. I think he’s here to stay. After suffering thru the Atlanta years, he’s nailed down the starting job in a hockey crazed town, even winning TSN’s play of the year. Sure the KHL offer provides leverage, but the Peg should certainly get this guy signed for at least three or four years. A one year offer hardly seems enough to give up the last seven years work.

  2. Just like when the upstart World Hockey Association began lurring players such as Bobby Hull and Derek Sanderson among others with big money contracts to jump leagues, it finally gave NHL players a new bargaining chip. Now the threat of not only “regular” players but also stars jumping to the KHL is becoming more and more real.
    I can see in years to come NHL players leaving to go to the KHL to finish out their careers and if they have not by then, finally sock away that much needed retirement money.
    Players agents will be able to wrangle out longer term deals from NHL team GM’s for their clients using this ploy but I can also see a few GM’s saying “I wish him well” and calling the players bluff, if in fact it is one.
    There is also the possibility in years to come that the NHL and KHL reach a deal and become one big happy family, as they did not that long ago with the WHA.


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