The Winnipeg Jets have avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Zach Bogosian, re-signing him to a seven-year, $36 million contract.

Jets re-sign Zach Bogosian to seven-year deal.

Jets re-sign Zach Bogosian to seven-year deal.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the recent internet speculation suggesting Bogosian didn’t want a long-term deal with the Jets.

His new deal is worth an average cap hit of $5.14 million per season, pushing their cap payroll for next season well above $60 million, so forget about them pursuing Mikhail Grabovski or any of the other notable remaining unrestricted free agents. This raise is more than double Bogosian’s previous cap hit of $2.55 million per season.

For the Jets, it’s a worthwhile move keeping the 23-year-old blueliner under an expensive, long-term deal. He led all Jets in ice time last season (23.07) and was fourth on the club in blocked shots.

Though Bogosian has been hampered by injuries in his career, there’s no question he’s the Jets best all-round defenseman, and is only going to get better as he enters his playing prime in the coming years.

They had little choice but to re-sign Bogosian, and getting him inked to this deal could prove a bargain in the long-term if he develops as expected.