The Winnipeg Jets announced a deal Wednesday with pending free agent Jim Slater.

Slater, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, was signed to a three-year contract.

Slater scored 13 goals and eight assists in 79 games with Winnipeg, to go along with 42 penalty minutes.

The centre scored his fifth career short-handed goal, and perhaps most impressively, won 54 per cent of the 1,165 faceoffs he took.

"I told my agent right from the beginning that Winnipeg was definitely tops of my list and if everything seemed to work out then that's the place I wanted to be," Slater said. "I think both sides were very, very fair in the dealings and it just worked out the way it did, and I'm glad it did."

When the Jets failed to make the playoffs, Slater went overseas to play at the world championships for the United States.

The move keeps the Lapeer, Mich., native with the only NHL franchise he's known. Slater was selected 30th overall by Atlanta in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

He has played in 449 career NHL games for the franchise, with 60 goals and 61 assists and 322 penalty minutes.

The Jets did not release financial details.