Jets sign Mike Bossy to a two-year, $3.5 million deal

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff announced the signing of veteran goaltender Mike Bossier to a one-year contract.

Bossier is coming off an 11-year career with the Jets that included stops in Minnesota, Carolina, Dallas and Nashville.

The Jets were hoping to lock up a starter for a long time, but they were forced to make a trade for a goalie and a draft pick in exchange for the right to draft Jets rookie goalie Patrik Laine.

The signing of Bossier, who spent the last four seasons with the Florida Panthers, makes Winnipeg the first NHL team since the 2012-13 season to sign a goalie since the 2008-09 season.

In addition to Bossier and Laine, Winnipeg also acquired goalie Connor Hellebuyck from the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Andrew Copp, who was traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Bossier was a backup for the Panthers last season and played in 10 games with Winnipeg.