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Report: Jets offer Evander Kane six-year deal worth about $29M

Jul 23, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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Gary Lawless reports that Evander Kane is “mulling over” a Winnipeg Jets’ six-year deal that would be worth “in the neighborhood of” $29 million. That would mean he’d register a cap hit of just under $5 million per season ($4.83 million, to be exact).

Kane will turn 21 in August, so under the current CBA guidelines, such a deal would cover him until his first year of unrestricted free agent eligibility. There was some talk that Kane didn’t want to sign with the Jets in June, but reports began circulating that discussions were picking up about a week ago.

The franchise drafted him fourth overall in 2009. If Kane agrees to this offer, he’d generate a considerably larger cap hit than third pick Matt Duchene and about $620K less per year than top choice John Tavares.

Kane set career-highs in goals (30), assists (27), points (57), plus/minus (+11) and games played (74) last season. He also set a new high mark in shots on goal, with 287 – good for ninth overall in the NHL. Kane’s 30 goals topped all Jets players while he was second on the team in points behind Blake Wheeler, who had 64.

  1. blomfeld - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    GREAT MOVE !

    Now instead of spreading his contract over 6 years, why not make it an “even Steven” 100 years for an annual cap hit of only $290,000 per ? God bless the Winnipeg Jets and all, but this brings me right back to the “elephant in the room” which we know as Luongo.

    Luongo’s lovers and apologists will go on “incessantly” about the fact that he’s “only” a 5.4 million dollar cap hit … and that any team “lucky enough” to land him, will be getting a “bargain” etc. What a joke I say ! That’s like some car salesman who tells you that you can have that brand new “runner” for only a $135.00 monthly payment. The problem however is that he won’t tell you that your payments are stretched over a 60 month period, instead of a reasonable 36 or 48 month term. Luongo has 54 million dollars remaining on his contract and yet anyone who signs him will be essentially purchasing “2 x years” of b-grade goal-tending … nothing more and nothing less. Actually, I’m not sure why Gillis didn’t amortize his contract over a thousand years ?

    The bottom line is that these ludicrous long-term contracts amount to nothing more than financial “smoke and mirrors” … and anyone who constructs such “deceit” must therefore be scum, as is anyone who willingly signs on to such deceit !

  2. chasemutley - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Must be nice to debate an offer like that; 5 years ago those stats earned you half of that contract.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Really? The kid is 21, has improved every year, plays a fast, skilled yet tough game (youtube Kane Cooke fight if you live under a rock), has a great +/- on a team that let in more than a handful of goals. Give him 2-3 years and we’ll be debating on what a steal he was for less than $5mil/season.

  3. lordfletcher - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    it’s a good move for both player and team…

    after this will expire he will be approaching his “prime” and could see big dollars then, but if his game falls off, he will still have plenty of money to live out his days very happily!

    -wild fan

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    All I have to say is: YEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHH BOOOOOYYYYEEEEEEE!! Took em long enough! Time for Kane to bring the pain!

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