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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
But personal differences aside, what has happened to Kane in the last couple of days is absolutely shameful.
Some wiseguy hears a rumour and takes a sign to a hockey game slandering Kane. Someone else takes a picture of the sign and puts it on Twitter and whoosh—the whole thing catches fire. Websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts repeated rumour after rumour about Kane on Saturday with no evidence to support the claims. Posts became so inflammatory on the Free Press website Saturday night the comments section was shut down.
Disgusting is only one way to describe it.
The offending sign first appeared at a Jets game in Ottawa last week: “Dear Evander: Please stop walking out on your bills. Sincerely, Winnipeg servers and restauranteurs.”
Kane posted the picture on his Twitter account with the message, “Ha, Ha. What a complete lie this is but I really like the colours on the poster.”
The Jets were refusing comment on Saturday, but in making calls to Winnipeg restaurants I was able to learn that NHL security had conducted an investigation into the matter. A Jets executive confirmed this and stated the investigation came up empty. The folks in the restaurant business that I spoke with had good things to say about Kane.
First, Chris Neil on Luca Sbisa and below is Zach Bogosian on Tomas Kopecky.
Both clean hits, no retaliation, players just got up and continued to play.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Add Evander Kane to the long list of high-profile NHL players currently on the sidelines with a concussion.
The Winnipeg Jets left-winger came to the Jets medical staff on Friday morning saying he had a headache and has since been diagnosed with a concussion, meaning he will miss Saturday’s pivotal game with the Florida Panthers (6:10 p.m., MTS Centre) and is likely going to be out until after the NHL All-star game.
Kane leads the Jets with 18 goals and is second in points with 31.
“He’s feeling better today, but we’re going to play it day-by-day and see how he’s doing,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “It’s part of the game and it’s another injury for me. You have to deal with people being in or out. How long it’s going to be, you don’t know.
“It’s a fairly grey area and you just don’t know what you’re dealing with, that’s the problem. Is it going to be a few days, is it going to be a few weeks, you don’t know.”
NEW YORK (January 20, 2012) – Winnipeg Jets forward Nik Antropov has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Buffalo Sabres defenseman T.J. Brennan in NHL Game No. 691 in Winnipeg on Thursday, Jan. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 9:28 of the third period. A minor penalty for roughing was assessed on the play.
The Jets started celebrating a Tanner Glass goal, but Ryan Miller of the Sabres ended the stick-raising quickly.
Winnipeg did win 4-1.
Late in the first period…
Ottawa Matt Carkner: 5 minutes, fighting
Winnipeg Mark Stuart: 5 minutes, fighting
Ottawa Chris Neil: 2 minutes, roughing
Ottawa Chris Neil: 2 minutes, roughing
Winnipeg Evander Kane: 2 minutes, roughing
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Things have gone sour in Jetville of late, what with the superb run in December now spoiled by a poor start—five losses in six games—to 2012. And, it’s true, getting out of this funk ASAP could ultimately determine whether the Jets stay in the Eastern Conference hunt or crash and burn.
But if you’re looking for anything more here from this bunch—a quick fix, a miracle transformation or some sort of brilliant inspiration from Noel—you may be disappointed.
And so it was early Saturday evening when Noel, fresh from watching his team lose 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils, took to the podium for his post-game address to the media.
“This isn’t the time to start beating up on this team, that’s not going to happen. Not from my standpoint,” said Noel. “You’re going to have to play with the same kind of will… it’s not like you’re going to reinvent the way you play and all of a sudden you’re going to create more goals.
“We’re going to prepare the same way, we’re going to battle through this thing, this thing will get resolved. We just want to get it done sooner than later. This is the time for us to really rally around each other. This isn’t the time to start fragmenting all over the place. We’ll rally around it, we’ll get it going and we’ll get back to work.
“We’re not far off, we’re right there.”
Pavelec went cross-crease to take away a goal from Henrik Tallinder.
from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,
The Winnipeg Jets managed to look more like a soap opera Thursday than a hockey team fighting for a playoff spot with drama coming on several fronts.
It all started shortly after the team’s morning skate when forward Evander Kane appeared before reporters looking contrite. Kane, who leads the team in scoring with 18 goals, had been benched briefly during Winnipeg’s 5-3 loss in Boston on Tuesday and he was called out publicly after the game by head coach Claude Noel for poor play.
“It’s something I have to deal with and I have to be better,” Kane said Thursday looking downcast. He added that he had not spoken with Noel since the Boston game. “The coach’s job is to do what he thinks is best for the team and I want to be able to contribute and I want to be able to help the team out…I need to better, I know I can be better and I will be better,” Kane added.
When Noel appeared before reporters later he blamed the media for provoking him into the comments.
Johnson received two for roughing while Evander Kane receive a double minor for roughing.
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