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by Paul on 08/01/12 at 09:04 AM ET
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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