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Jets sign Evander Kane to six-year, $31.5M pact

Sep 15, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

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The Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane agreed to a six-year contract worth $31.5 million according to Darren Dreger.

The two sides embraced their inner procrastinating student in the process, waiting until the current CBA deadline’s final moments to strike a deal.

Winnipeg reporter Gary Lawless believes that “both sides won” with this pact.

The Jets lock up a 21-year-old forward who is one of the faces of the franchise alongside Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd. Kane completed his first 30-goal campaign last season, so Winnipeg likely believes his best days are ahead of him.

Kane collects a robust contract that should cover him until he’s eligible for unrestricted free agency.

Under normal circumstances, this contract might provide a negotiating road map for other noteworthy restricted free agents, but the lateness might limit its usefulness for Jamie Benn & Co.

  1. jimw81 - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    well owners got their final big contract before it all begins…….

  2. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    No Fans equals NO REVENUE, which means no salaries for players. Who wins, NO ONE. Oh wait, the fans WIN, we save our hard earned money. Hmm, just saying. Tic, toc, that’s your NHL career passing you bye.

    As fans, we need to call Comcast, Directv, and Dish Network demanding a partially monthly refund no NHL games on the NBC Sports Network.

    This way the fans don’t get screwed by the players or owners.

  3. flyerscup2010 - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    But I thought the owners were demanding 5 year contracts with equal money in each season? And 10 year RFA periods? They wouldn’t have to sign this contract, he’d still be under their control until 2019.

    I’ll give the owners credit for this: they REALLY don’t care whatsoever about public perception of them. They’re completely fine with looking like hypocrites and scumbags knowing that they’re still rich and we’ll still come back when it’s all said and done.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      It’s kind of silly that the owners would even ask to have contract limits to begin with. If they want to saddle themselves with a player for 10+ years and take the risk that goes with it, by all means have at it. It seems like it’s a poor way to go. You’ll also notice that it doesn’t happen very often. I do think they’ll end up going with a 6-8 yr limit and/or limiting back and front loads to within a certain percentage of each other.

      Whatever the case, I’m pumped that the Jets signed Kane. I drink the Chipman/Chevy Kool-aid. GO JETS GO!!!

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