The Winnipeg Jets have added veteran forward Riley Nash to the squad for 2021-22. Agreeing to a one-year, one-way deal worth $750K, the 32-year-old will add some experience to the Jets’ bottom-six.
Primarily used to help diminish unfavourable matchups while serving as a key penalty killer over the years, Nash will be looked upon to fill the boots of the since departed Trevor Lewis (Calgary), Nate Thompson (Philadelphia) and Mason Appleton (Seattle) on Winnipeg’s penalty killing units.
Nash spent the 2020-21 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs, where he was dealt at the deadline. He skated in 37 regular season games in Ohio, putting up two goals and seven points, before drawing into the Leafs’ lineup for two postseason games.
For his career, the former 21st overall draft selection of the Edmonton Oilers (2007) has 63 g goals, 172 points and 134 penalty minutes in 578 regular season games. He’s added two goals, eight points and 10 penalty minutes in 34 playoff games.
Having earned an estimated $13 million over his 10 years of professional hockey, the $750K deal is the lowest salary Nash has made since the 2014-15 season ($575K). He is coming off a three-year, $8.25 million deal signed with the Blue Jackets back on July 1 of 2018.