The Winnipeg Jets have officially begun free agency by announcing the signing of pending unrestricted free agent forward Dominic Toninato to a new contract.
The two-year deal begins as a two-way contract, before transitioning to that of a one-way structure for the 2022-23 season. The contract carries an NHL annual average value of $750K, to which Toninato will be paid $750K if suiting up for the Jets in each of the next two seasons, while earning $400K in the minors in 2021-22 and the full $750K in Year 2.
Joining Winnipeg prior to the 2020-21 season, the 27-year-old earned himself a $50K raise from his contract last season. Toninato missed the majority of the season, however, as he dealt with lingering side effects following a bout with COVID this past year. He got into two games in the stretch run and recorded one assist, before putting up a goal in three postseason contests.
Originally drafted by Toronto back in 2012, Toninato made his NHL debut with Colorado in 2017-18. Various stints within the American Hockey League have accounted for a decent minor league stat-line. And between the Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Jets, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward has earned five goals, 15 points and 49 penalty minutes in 87 big league games.
Prior to his professional career, the soon-to-be married Duluth, MN. product played one season with the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force, before spending four years within the NCHC as a member of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs alongside current Jets’ defenceman Neal Pionk. With the Bulldogs, Toninato had 54 goals, 91 points and 175 penalty minutes in 151 games.
Remaining free agents for Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to attend to this offseason include forwards Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp, Mathieu Perreault, Nate Thompson and Trevor Lewis, defencemen Neal Pionk, Tucker Poolman, Logan Stanley, Derek Forbort and Jordie Benn, as well as goaltenders Laurent Brossoit, Eric Comrie and Cole Kehler.