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Winnipeg Jets leave it late, agree to new contract with forward Evander Kane

Saturday, 09.15.2012 / 11:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets agreed to a new contract with star forward Evander Kane on Saturday night.

The club issued a statement, which did not release details of the deal with the restricted free agent, 30 minutes prior to the NHL's collective bargaining agreement expiring at midnight Eastern time.

Kane, 20, played in 74 games with the Jets last season, recording 57 points (30-27) and 53 penalty minutes.

The Vancouver native has played in 213 career NHL games with Atlanta and Winnipeg, collecting 126 points (63-63) and 183 penalty minutes.

Kane was originally drafted by Atlanta in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2009 NHL draft.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round