Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is the latest surprise to be named to the waiver wire as it looks the Winnipeg Jets have made a decision to look into a difference direction for the upcoming season. The move is understandable after five seasons of inconsistent play from Pavelec, albeit somewhat surprising entering the final year of his five-year, $19.5 million deal. The 29-year-old with 371 games of National Hockey League experience was passed on Winnipeg's depth chart by younger goalies Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson.
Hellebuyck is on a two-way contract and could have been sent to the Moose without having to clear waivers, but he in considered the future in goal for the Jets. Selected by the then Atlanta franchise in the second round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
The Jets also placed forward Anthony Peluso and defencemen Julian Melchiori and Brian Strait on waivers and sent forwards Andrew Capp, Marko Dano, Chase De Leo and Nic Petan to Manitoba. The New York Islanders announced Parenteau went on waivers, three months after signing him to a $1.25 million, one-year contract.
In 371 career games with the organization Pavelec has a 149-154-47 record and has maintained a 2.85 GAA and.907 SV% with time spent in both the turbulent Atlanta days and with the relocation process in Winnipeg.