Evander Kane: Young Star Re-Signs with Winnipeg Jets for 6 Years

Anthony CapocciContributor ISeptember 15, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 05:  Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 5, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Jets 5-4.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Winnipeg Jets have re-signed forward Evander Kane to a six-year contract worth a total of $31.5 million.

Kane played in 74 games last season in his first playing under the spotlight in the city of Winnipeg. Kane posted 30 goals to go with 57 points.

Kane was the Jets' No. 1 priority this offseason, in an offseason which has already included many major moves and rumors that also involved Kane himself (as summarized by The Hockey News). Kane's happiness in Winnipeg can't be questioned, as he's set to become the team's marquee player for years to come.

The 21-year-old forward will be the main focus for the Jets to continue building their team around. Kane is the face of the Jets organization and is focused on becoming one of the most elite players this league has to offer.

Kane will undoubtedly have some high standards for himself and the franchise. The bar is set high as Kane is looking to make the playoffs for the first time in his career.

Kane's deal comes just minutes before the NHL is set to lock out. Whether or not Kane had intention on dragging it out this long, the Jets are surely happy to have their superstar forward for another six years.