Winnipeg Jets' 3 Worst Contracts of 2023-24

The Winnipeg Jets are a playoff team and have done well for most of the season, but have struggled as of late. There are a lot of great contracts on the Jets, but there are also some players who have struggled and not lived up to theirs. Let's take a look at the three worst on the Jets.

Nate Schmidt

For this season and last, Nate Schmidt's contract has not been good for the Jets. It is even worse this season since he has been a healthy scratch at times, playing only 60 games. Schmidt still has one more year left on his contract at $5.95 million AAV and the veteran has played less than 17 minutes per game this season, scoring two goals and 12 points. I wouldn't be shocked if the Jets even bought him out if they can't dump the final year of his contract somewhere in the offseason.

Alex Iafallo

Alex Iafallo hasn't been horrible this season, but his offensive production could be a lot better for the price the Jets are paying him. As part of the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade, the Jets still won the deal on Gabriel Vilardi alone, but Iafallo is a decent depth piece that can move up the lineup if needed. For right now, he is on the fourth line and making $4 million AAV. After 14 goals and 36 points in 59 games last season, he has 10 goals and 24 points in 73 games. He still has another year left on his deal, so he could bounce back.

Rasmus Kupari

The other contract that is in the worst three for the Jets was more of a tough decision between two players, but since Rasmus Kupari has been on the team the entire season, I chose him over Colin Miller. Kupari was again another piece coming back in the Dubois trade, and although he doesn't make a whole lot ($1 million AAV through 2025), he has still greatly underperformed. The Jets have gotten contributions throughout their lineup, rostering 13 forwards with at least 10 goals this season. Unfortunately Kupari hasn't been able to contribute anything close to that, recording one assist in 27 games and averaging less than nine minutes per game. The Jets are hoping that he can do much more next season if given somewhat of a chance.

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