The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.
The extension is worth an average of $7.6 million per season.
Byfuglien would have become an unrestricted free agent in July had the Jets not re-signed him or traded him before the Feb. 29 deadline.
He has played in 52 games this season, scoring 15 goals and 32 points.
Over the course of his career, the big, versatile blueliner who has also seen time at forward, has accumulated 148 goals, 228 assists and 376 points.
Byfuglien has been with the Jets for the past six seasons after he was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. At practice on Monday, his teammates joined him in celebrating the new deal.