The Winnipeg Jets and forward Adam Lowry have come together on a five-year contract extension worth a total of $16.25 million. The deal features an annual average value of $3.25 million and begins following the conclusion of the 2020-21 NHL season and playoffs. It will be a hard-earned raise from his current deal that features a $2.92 AAV.
The 28-year-old centreman is currently in his seventh season as a member of the Jets after beginning in the big leagues in 2014-15. Currently boasting a career year of eight goals and 20 points through 44 games, Lowry is on pace to set career highs in nearly every statistical category measurable (relative to season length).
“I’m happy it didn’t take too long and we were able to come to terms that I think we’re both happy with it,” he said. “It was one of those things that it’s nice to have out of the way, it’s nice to know where I’ll be. The unknown, maybe a little bit of risk of some injury, but I’m thrilled to be staying in Winnipeg. I’m thrilled to know that I’ll be here for the next five years and really looking forward to it.”
Through 483 total NHL games, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound checker has 68 goals and 84 assists for 152 total points and a combined 240 penalty minutes. After playing out his four-year career as the captain of the Swift Current Bronocs, Lowry skated for one full season with the Jets’ American Hockey League affiliate St. John’s IceCaps at the time, before transitioning to full-time NHL duties.
“I look at the makeup of our team and really believe we have a great chance to win,” Lowry said. “We’re given every opportunity, through the management, through the ownership, they treat us very well here and we’re very fortunate in that sense. Playing in Winnipeg, we have such a good fan base. The people here are awesome. There are so many things that go into wanting to stay. I’m very fortunate and very pleased that we were able to work on a deal that works, and I look forward to these next five years.”
Lowry’s father Dave – who also had a stellar NHL career of his own – joined the Jets coaching staff following one season as head coach with the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings. The two have enjoyed their time working together in Winnipeg as a part of the same NHL club.
Selected 67th overall at the start of the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by Winnipeg, Lowry has been a product of the draft-and-develop system within the Jets’ organization since day one. The St. Louis, MS. product has enjoyed high levels of success alongside Andrew Copp and Mason Appleton on the team’s third line this season.