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February 19, 2017 | 12:40pm ET
Perreault hopes to stay in Winnipeg

Jets center Mathieu Perreault isn't sure how the trade rumors started, but he's made it clear he wants to stay in Winnipeg.

Perreault, 29, signed a four-year contract extension last summer and hopes to stay with the club for its duration.

He told he met with the organization about the trade chatter and seems convinced it isn't coming from the team, but realizes the expansion draft pose an issue.

"Maybe I'm a guy they might lose for nothing," he said.

"I want to stay in Winnipeg. I signed here knowing there was a good future here with some good young players. This season's been tough. We're not out of it yet, but it's going to be tough, we're going to need a pretty great run from now until the end of the season to make the playoffs.

"If a trade happens, it will probably be to a team that's going to make the playoffs, and at my age I'd like to try to win the Stanley Cup eventually. So if it happens, at least it would be to a team that's going to make the playoffs."

In 44 games with the Jets so far this season, Perreault has tallied five goals and 15 assists for 20 points.


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