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What Is Evander Kane Waiting For?

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has put a six-year contract worth close to $29 million on the table and Kane’s people have had it sitting in a desk drawer for a number of weeks now. They haven’t said no and they haven’t said yes. They haven’t said much at all.

Maybe Kane’s people at Newport Sports are hoping another team will come in with an offer sheet to up the price. Jets fans have expressed apprehension about such an occurrence. They shouldn’t.

First and foremost it likely won’t happen. If Kane was so attractive to other clubs they might be willing to risk what comes along with putting in an offer sheet—it would have happened by now.

Secondly, no manager wants to put in an offer sheet if it is certain to be matched. It only serves to raise the market value of players and the ire of other GMs.

Let’s be perfectly clear right now—any offer sheet signed by Evander Kane will be matched by the Jets.

If Winnipeg didn’t match they might as well “shutter the franchise,” as one agent told me on Tuesday. Once you let one bully take your lunch money, the others begin to circle like buzzards.

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Alan's avatar

Doing the math, it seems to me that the Jets have offered Kane a contract that is below market value. If a player like Grabovski can get a five year deal making $5.5M AAV, Kane should be pulling in a bit more than that.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/01/12 at 08:57 AM ET

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Um, maybe he doesn’t want to live in the Peg for the next 6 yrs??? If you could play in any city in the league, the Peg would be at or near the bottom for me, what a hole.
Just because a guy gets drafted by a team doesn’t mean he has to stay with them for life, one of the perks of the job, pick where you want to go at some point.

Posted by Roboshow from Calgary on 08/01/12 at 01:00 PM ET

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Yeah, I was gonna’ say it seems to me like Kane is waiting and hoping for another team to swoop in and give him an offer sheet.  I don’t know that he wants to be a part of any more circus between ATL and WIN than he’s already been part of.  That’s not even an indictment of the city so much as it’s an indictment of the leadership in the org there and where he still sees the team going (nowhere fast).

On a related note, I would love to see more of the Haves teams sign RFA’s to enormous offer sheets and put their teams under the gun to make them either match, or lose them.  It might be the only way to motivate some of them to actually spend above the floor and closer to the cap.

You want to play with the big boys?  There’s a price to do so.

Posted by Primis on 08/02/12 at 02:07 AM ET

Alan's avatar

I would have said that, but would likely be accused of being anti-Winnipeg because I’m in Atlanta. An offer sheet is exactly what he’s hoping for, and Lawless is a fool if he really thinks he understands how hockey ownership works.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/02/12 at 03:12 PM ET

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