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NHL lockout: Evander Kane, KHL team part ways

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer
Evander Kane managed just one goal in 12 games in the KHL. He and his team mutually agreed to part ways. (Getty Images)

Evander Kane is one of the top young players in the NHL and has already earned a long-term, multi-million-dollar contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets.

But making the adjustment to the top league in Russia during the NHL lockout (and everything that comes with that -- a different style of play, the language barrier, a new culture) seems to have been a bit of a struggle.

His stay in the KHL ended up being a short one, and it wasn't all that successful.

Kane and Dinamo Minsk, the team that he had been playing for during the lockout, parted ways on Friday after he scored just one goal and posted a minus-8 rating in 12 games.

According to the team, it was a mutual decision for the two sides to part ways.

"Unfortunately, Evander Kane could not adapt to hockey in the KHL," athletic director Igor Matushkin said on the team's website, via a Canadian Press translation.

Kane was the last player to sign a contract under the old collective bargaining agreement, reaching an agreement on a six-year, $31 million contract less than an hour before the agreement expired on Sept. 15.

He's coming off a career year with the Jets, collecting 30 goals and 27 assists in 74 games.

He was a top draftee of the franchise when it was based in Atlanta in 2009. He has scored 63 goals to go with 63 assists in 213 games.

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