Evander Kane is the latest locked out NHL player to sign in the KHL, agreeing to terms with Dinamo Minsk. Once the contract is finalized, Kane will be able to play with the Belarus team until the end of the NHL lockout.
"We were able to reach an agreement in principle during the lockout for the NHL club's young forward Evander Kane," Dinamo director Igor Matushkin told the team's official website. "Evander, despite his young age, is already a star of the NHL."
Kane had a good season for the Winnipeg Jets last year, scoring 30 goals and adding 27 assists in his best NHL season to date. That helped earn him a six-year, $31.5 million contract from the Jets, which he signed earlier this month, just before the lockout started. But with the lockout looking unlikely to end anytime soon, Kane has found somewhere else to play and collect a paycheck.
Minsk is currently out of a spot for the postseason, sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference with 11 points after 10 games. The top eight teams in the 14-team conference make the playoffs.