The Winnipeg Jets announced that Anthony Peluso has agreed to a two-year, $1.35 million contract extension.
The 26-year-old forward had two points and 86 penalty minutes in 49 games with Winnipeg in 2014-15. He was also credited with 100 hits.
He was originally taken by the St. Louis Blues in the sixth round of 2007 NHL Entry Draft, but he was placed on waivers in January 2013 before making his NHL debut. He was claimed by Winnipeg and has gone on to participate in 107 contests with the Jets.
Peluso was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer after completing his old two-year deal worth roughly $1.1 million.
Winnipeg still has a number of restricted free agents left, including defensemen Paul Postma, Keaton Ellerby, and Ben Chiarot.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets were involved in a hectic, physical and intense first period on Friday. You can understand why – these teams entered the game separated by four points in the Central Division standings, while both laying claim to post-season positions in the Western Conference.
Emotions got the better of both teams at certain points.
Anthony Peluso fought Bryan Bickell, and was handed an instigator penalty and misconduct for starting the fight. A few minutes later, Brent Seabrook dropped the gloves with Jim Slater, after Slater threw a hit on Patrick Kane along the boards.
When they weren’t fighting, both teams engaged in an entertaining first period. It ended with both teams tied at one goal apiece, and the shots 16-12 for Winnipeg.
As of this writing, the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets have only played one period of hockey, yet you’d think it was a full night of action.
The score’s already 3-2 as the Kings stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to make it a game again. Three of those five tallies came on the power play, to boot.
There’s a reason why special teams units have been a factor beyond the efficiency of both team’s power play units, too. Simply put, it’s been a physical game so far; that much was probably most clear when Kyle Clifford caught Anthony Peluso with a controversial hit that caused a ruckus (as the Kings’ website notes):
Dustin Byfuglien has been throwing his big body around as well:
We’ll see if there are more fireworks as this game goes on.
Here’s an idea of how wild the start was, if you stretch the parameters ever so slightly:
Update: The Jets ended up winning 5-4 (shootout) in a contest that was still pretty contentious and exciting as it went on.
Forward Mathieu Perreault extended his point streak to eight games as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 Tuesday night.
Perrault had two goals in the win and now has five goals and four assists during the streak.
Bryan Little, Anthony Peluso and Blake Wheeler had the other Jets goals.
With the win, Winnipeg has now won three of four.
Michael Hutchinson made 38 saves to improve to 8-2-2 on the season.
Marian Hossa had the lone Blackhawks tally.
Corey Crawford allowed three goals on 13 shots in the loss and was replaced by Antti Raanta, who made 11 saves in relief.
Chicago has now lost two of three.
Emotions are sure to run high tonight between the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets. Both teams have struggled of late to get positive results as they battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Hardly any surprise that a pair of tough guys squared off Wednesday night. Tom Sestito of the Canucks and Anthony Peluso of the Jets dropped the gloves for a spirited scrap less than three minutes into the first period. With the major penalty, Sestito, is now up to 182 penalty minutes, which leads the league.