A week after signing goaltender – and fellow RFA – Connor Hellebuyck to a long-term extension (six-year, $37 million), the Jets and Lowry were able to work out a contract that sees the 25-year-old remain in Winnipeg until at least the 2020-21 season. In doing so, Winnipeg and Adam Lowry avoided salary arbitration.
Lowry – a third round selection of the Winnipeg Jets in 2011 – has played four full seasons in Manitoba, putting up 41 goals and 90 total points in 281 career games. Lowry, a rough and tumble styled player, has also collected 159 penalty minutes to boot. Although only dressing in 45 games in 2017-18 due to injury, the former Swift Current Bronco registered eight goals and 21 points on the season.
In other Jets-related news, Jacob Trouba’s arbitration hearing began at 8:00 A.M. Friday morning in Toronto, ON., where Trouba, his agent and the Jets’ brass met with a neutral arbitrator in an attempt to sort out the defenceman’s contract dispute. It had earlier been reported that the Jets were offering $4 million, compared to Trouba’s ask of $7 million.
The arbitrator will listen to both sides of the story and present a ruling within 48 hours. At that point, the Jets have another 48 hours to either accept the terms of a one or two-year deal, or completely walk away from the player, leaving him an unrestricted free agent. Trouba and the Jets are, however, still able to negotiate a new contract up until the arbitrator provides a ruling.
Following Trouba’s hearing, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will only have to worry about two other RFAs, as the hearings for Brandon Tanev (July 25th) and Marko Dano (July 30th) are also fast approaching.