Winnipeg Jets avoid arbitration, sign defenseman Neal Pionk to 4-year deal

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets have avoided arbitration and signed defenseman Neal Pionk to a four-year contract worth roughly $23.5 million.

Pionk, 26, will earn about $5.8 million per year, the team said in a statement Wednesday.

The Jets acquired the Nebraska native in a 2019 trade with the New York Rangers. Since then, he's scored nine goals and recorded 68 assists to lead all Jets defensemen in scoring.

A salary arbitration hearing had been set for Friday.