CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13: Jim Slater #19 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his second goal of the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on October 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The NHL off-season is barely two days old and the Winnipeg Jets are already making moves for next season.
The re-signing locks Slater up and prevents him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Slater, a 29-year-old Michigan State product, is coming off his best season. In 2011-2012, he tallied 13 goals and 21 points in 78 appearances for the Jets. He has spent his whole seven-year career with the franchise, having spent his first six years in their previous incarnation, the Atlanta Thrashers.
The move also means that at least two thirds of the fan favorite "GST" line of Tanner Glass, Slater and Chris Thorburn will return to the franchise next season. Glass is still unsigned and free agency officially begins on July 1.
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