The Winnipeg Jets are putting the finishing touches on the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade. Recently, they signed newly acquired forward Gabriel Vilardi to a two-year contract worth $3,437,500 annually. The other acquisition in the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade, Alex Iafallo, came with two years left on his contract worth $4 million annually. However, Rasmus Kupari was left without a contract until now.
While it slightly flew under the radar, Kevin Cheveldayoff was able to sign the 23-year-old Kupari to a two-year deal. Worth an average-annual value of $1 million, Kupari is guaranteed the money on this contract as it is a one-way deal. Something also worth noting is that Kupari will be a restricted free agent when his new deal expires at the end of the 2024-25 season.
The Kotka, Finland native was selected 20th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings Kupari wouldn’t find himself a chance with the LA Kings until the 2020-21 season. However, Kupari would spend the majority of the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons with the LA Kings, where he provided strong depth for the team.
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Now with Kupari signing a one-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets, it is likely that we will see him in a handful of games this season. The young and versatile forward will look to advance his role as a fringe NHL player into a full-time NHLer.