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Next up for Winnipeg: Re-signing Evander Kane

Jun 26, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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Now that the Winnipeg Jets have goalie Ondrej Pavelec locked up for the next five years, they’ll turn their attention to another high-profile restricted free agent in Evander Kane.

Kane was Winnipeg’s top goal scorer last season and is now in need of a new, long-term deal.

GM Kevin Cheveldayoff tells Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun there’s a lot that needs to be done there.

“Certainly, there’s a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done and behind the scenes there’s lots of work that is ongoing with Evander’s basis and others on a parallel basis as well,” the Jets general manager said Monday during a conference call.

Kane’s 30 goals was best on the Jets, with Andrew Ladd‘s 28 being next best. Kane is just 20 years old and the best young player in Winnipeg. After Pavelec landed a deal that pays him just under $4 million a year, Kane could be in the driver’s seat to demand a hearty offer of his own. The Jets need more offense and Kane being so good while so young means wanting to keep him around and happy.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    “wanting to keep him around and happy” – maybe he’s then also able to pay his dinner 😉

  2. nichis01 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Back when Winnipeg was still the Atlanta Thrashers, they were my second favourite team in the league. Nothing has changed since moving to Winnipeg. Signing Pavelec was obviously a huge move for the franchise. I think signing Kane is an even bigger one though. They need his scoring ability up front, but apparently he doesn’t want to sign back with Winnipeg. If that’s the case and they are unable to come to a decision on him, then they are going to lose their best young player and a staple in their offense. I’d hate to see it happen.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      It’s merely a rumor that he doesn’t want to play in Winnipeg. In either case, Winnipeg needs to pony up for the offense. Even Captain Ladd has called for a bump in scoring, and Kane is a guy that can’t afford to lose. The Jets org needs to show their fans that they’re committed to creating a winning team and fostering a winning mindset for this hockey-mad city, instead of wallowing in mediocrity while making hand over fist in moolah. A team full of 3rd and 4th liners won’t win Cups.

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