Kane remains a Jet for six more years.

Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press and Darren Dreger of TSN report the Winnipeg Jets, less than an hour prior to the expiration of the NHL CBA, have re-signed left wing Evander Kane to a six-year, $31.5 million contract. Kane was a restricted free agent coming off his entry level contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the baseless, silly trade rumors which dogged Kane throughout the off-season. His new deal breaks down as $5.25 million per season against the salary cap, though that could be reduced under the new CBA. Still, it’s a good signing for both sides. The Jets lock up a key player as they build toward playoff contention (as well as a potential franchise player around which to market their club), while Kane gets a worthwhile raise based upon his accomplishments over the past three seasons.