The Winnipeg Jets and Michael Frolik agreed to one more season, but really the clock has now begun to tick on whether the player stays in Winnipeg long term or is traded at the deadline next March.

Frolik and the Jets had a salary arbitration hearing set for Thursday but avoided that potentially messy process, agreeing Tuesday morning to a one-year contract worth $3.3 million.

A five-year contract was discussed at length, and while both sides won't say what the stumbling block was, you can be guaranteed it was money.

Frolik may be a top-six forward with the Jets at this stage, but in the big picture, he's a third-line player.

On a bad team, Frolik can push for top-line work, but on a top team, such his previous club, the Chicago Blackhawks, he's in the bottom six.

No doubt the player's representation wanted top-six money and the Jets were more comfortable paying third-line dollars. Frolik scored 15 goals last season and at 26 there should be no expectation that he's going to radically change as a player. He's a useful two-way player, and he should be paid as such.

Frolik will now have some time to prove he's worth the money his agent asked for or settle for closer to what the Jets are offering. Or he can walk and get overpaid on July 1. There is little downside to Frolik's position after Tuesday's announcement.

The upshot here is Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has bought himself some time, but not much.