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

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WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEBRUARY 21: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his go-ahead goal in the third period during their NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers at MTS Centre on February 21, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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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.