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May 6, 2014 | 11:54am ET
Kane's future still in question
TheFourthPeriod.com

As the Winnipeg Jets look to improve upon this past season and gear up for the 2014-15 campaign, the future of left wing Evander Kane remains up in the air.

Kane, 22, has been the subject of several trade inquiries over the last couple of years, but Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has yet to pull the trigger.

A few teams, including the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers, spoke with the Jets during last summer's NHL Draft, but were unable to come to terms on a trade.

Kane has four-years left on a six-year, $31.5 million contract and will earn $6 million in each of the next four seasons.

It's believed Cheveldayoff is willing to part with Kane, who does not own a no-trade clause, but the return must be significant in order for the Jets to make a move.

The Jets are not interested in selling Kane away for draft picks and prospects. According to a league source, Cheveldayoff will want an offensive top-six forward and a young, proven NHL-caliber forward included in a package for Kane.

While a trade is not guaranteed, trade talks are expected to pick up closer to the NHL Draft in late-June.

Meanwhile, Cheveldayoff will explore the possibility of re-signing center Olli Jokinen to an extension.

Jokinen is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.


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