Jets, forward Evgeny Svechnikov have mutual interest in deal

Former Detroit Red Wings winger Evgeny Svechnikov (37). (Peter Power/CP)

The Winnipeg Jets and forward Evgeny Svechnikov have mutual interest in signing a deal, according to Sportsnet’s Ken Wiebe.

Svechnikov, 24, became an unrestricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings and failing to receive a qualifying offer following the 2020-21 season.

The 19th-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has produced five goals and seven assists in 41 games across four separate NHL seasons, spending the majority of his time with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. Last season, he put up eight points in 21 NHL games.

The Jets are currently projected to be more than $5.5 million over the salary cap after re-signing both Neal Pionk and Andrew Copp, according to Capfriendly.

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