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Enstrom signs five-year extension

The Sports Xchange

--D Toby Enstrom became the Jets' highest paid player on July 27 when they signed the Swede to a five-year contract extension worth $28.75 million.

The deal will kick in after next season and run through 2017-18.

There was plenty of speculation Enstrom wasn't happy in Winnipeg and the Jets might be looking to move him before he became an unrestricted free agent in July 2013, but that was the furthest thing from the truth. The Jets wanted to re-sign him as soon as possible, and Enstrom was more than willing to remain in the Manitoba capital.

"The move to Winnipeg was fun, and I like what we have going on there," Enstrom said. "I really like it up there, playing in front of all the fans, and the city made me want to stay."

--Talks continue between the Jets and LW Evander Kane, currently a restricted free agent who is believed to be looking at a five- or six-year contract.

Kane scored 30 goals last season, and the Jets can lock him up at a good price, considering he turned only 21 on Aug. 2, if he agrees to a long-term deal.

Otherwise, Kane can hold out for a shorter term on the deal and hope it pays off in the long run after a couple of impressive offensive seasons.

"We signed Ondrej Pavelec earlier in the year. He's a great goalie, and he's got a lot of good years in front of him. And we got a lot of young kids that are stepping up. I've been around this team for a long time, and it feels like I want to be a part of the team moving on in the future and hopefully win something later on here. I feel that we have something good going on, and I want to be a big part of it." -- D Toby Enstrom, after signing a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the Jets for the next six years.

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