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

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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.