Neal Pionk earns new 4-year deal with Winnipeg Jets worth $23.5M

Neal Pionk
Mar 9, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk (4) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets avoided arbitration with restricted free agent defenseman Neal Pionk on Wednesday. The two sides were scheduled for a hearing this Friday but agreed to terms on a four-year, $23.5 million contract.

Pionk’s AAV against the cap is $5.875 million.

Jets sign Neal Pionk

Pionk, 26, recorded 32 points (three goals, 29 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 54 games in 2020-21. He was playing on the final season of a two-year, $6 million deal.

Pionk was acquired from the New York Rangers along with a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in exchange for fellow defenseman Jacob Trouba on June 17, 2019.

The Nebraska native has collected 117 points (16 goals, 101 assists) in 226 career games with the Rangers and Jets.

–Field Level Media