Gabriel Vilardi, Jets agree to a two-year pre-arbitration contract worth $6.875M

Los Angeles Kings right wing Gabriel Vilardi is congratulated for his goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Winnipeg Jets and forward Gabriel Vilardi avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract worth US$6.875 million on Wednesday.

Vilardi’s hearing was set for July 28 after the two sides elected to go to arbitration ahead of the July 6 deadline.

The Jets acquired Vilardi, a 23-year-old from Kingston, Ont., from the Los Angeles Kings last month in a trade that sent centre Pierre-Luc Dubois the other way.

Vilardi had 41 goals and 37 assists in 152 games with the Kings, who drafted him 11th overall in 2017.

He had career highs in goals (23) and points (41) in 63 games last season.

After his trade to Winnipeg, Vilardi said he was happy to join the Jets and was excited to be playing in Canada again.

Vilardi spent his junior career in the Ontario Hockey League with the Windsor Spitfires and Kingston Frontenacs.

July 19, 2023


Gabriel Vilardi

Winnipeg Jets
2 yrs
$3.4375 million
$6.875 million

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