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.