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Winnipeg columnist thinks Evander Kane should cash in

Jun 30, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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After scoring a total of 33 goals in his first two seasons, Jets forward Evander Kane could be the next big thing. It also means he could be asking for a healthy raise from the Jets and Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun says it’s time for Jets management to pay up.

He obviously deserves plenty more than than the $900,000 salary, $90,000 signing bonus, the $250,000 bonus he got for 30 goals and any other perks he might have received for his play. Give him a good chunk of money ($3 to $4 million per) for a few years, and by the end of that deal the real identity of Evander Kane will be known.

For what it’s worth, that $3-$4 million range would put him third on the team amongst forwards in cap hit and one of the five or six best-paid players on the team.

The question here, of course, is whether or not he’s worth that kind of financial commitment right now. Given the Jets’ offensive struggles, they may be in a similar situation to what they had with Ondrej Pavelec in that Kane is worth a lot to Winnipeg for what he does for them. If Kane keeps potting 30 goals a year, locking him up for $4 million a season might wind up being a bargain.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Not sure if the question of paying him 4 million is a serious question or trolling?

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    And Kane just doesn’t score goals, he had over 170 hits in 74 games, he’s right there with Milan Lucic in finishing and delivering hits, which is top 30 in the league.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    There has to be a better way to phrase the start of the article, am I the only one who thought it said 33 goals in 2 seasons, not 33 goals a year for 2 years?

  4. buffalomafia - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Who wants to live in Winnipeg?

    I heard that’s chowhound capital of Canada having women avg 175 lbs

    • missthemexpos - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Winnipeg has been the “Slurpee Capital of North America” for many years in a row!

    • blomfeld - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Women who are of a “larger” bouquet ! …

      perhaps that’s true friend … but it’s also true that these women abound in all cities, both north and south of the 49th parallel … and besides, I would much rather be with a larger woman who has good values, than some drop-dead gorgeous “serpent” whose only aim is to create upset and chaos ! …

      anyway, this article about Kane is nothing but an attempt to fill some empty copy space … the only thing people “need and want” to know about right now, are the LA Kings and perhaps a few more “timeless” Elvis videos ! :)

  5. mmazzzzzz - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Mclovin u r totally right. Was not worded properly.

  6. buffalomafia - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    & blofeld- I totaly agree

  7. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Chevy would be a total bonehead to not give him at least $3-4 mil/year. Dude’s a beast.

  8. dogham - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Evander Kane needs to be on the first wagon out of Winnipeg when he gets the chance. Don’t sign an extension, Don’t pass go and collect $200.00, get the bleep out of town.

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