Kane and Jets commit to one another

- September 16th, 2012

The NHL lockout has begun, but not before the Winnipeg Jets got an important piece of business done before the deadline, signing their final RFA to a new contract.

Despite all of the speculation that Evander Kane didn’t want to be here, the young sniper got his signature on the dotted line on Saturday night, agreeing on a six-year deal for $31.5 million.

We’ve offered plenty of opinions on this subject during the past several months, but continued to say throughout the process that the delay wasn’t a big deal or stumbling block and that both sides would eventually find some common ground.

Though we weren’t sure Kane would get a deal done before the CBA expired, it appears a final push was made and the two sides agreed to a contract that is mutually beneficial.

That’s good news, no matter how you slice it.

It’s possible that Kane was hoping to cash in a little closer to what Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle ($6 million AAV) got from the Edmonton Oilers or even what Tyler Seguin got from the Boston Bruins ($5.75 AAV), but he’s getting a significant raise and has the security that a six-year deal offers.

On the flip side, the Jets have cost certainty on Kane for the next six seasons and have locked up another core player for the long term.

The 21-year-old Kane has a high ceiling and a determination to improve as a player.

That should lead his production to continue to rise, so while a contract of more than $5 million might seem high to some, if he becomes a 40 or 50-goal man, it’s going to seem like a bargain.

From where we sit, this is a win-win for Kane and the Jets.

And for now, folks should be able to put the Kane-doesn’t-want-to-be-here speculation to rest and shift their attention to when the Jets might actually play their first game this season.

 

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