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Byfuglien received 2 for elbowing.
Jets forwards Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd says it’s frustrating to keep talking about a player no longer on the team, but have moved on from Evander Kane, hoping he can soon do the same.
If you missed what Kane said about Winnipeg yesterday, start here.
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Kane gave a recent interview to The Hockey News writer Ken Campbell that will be published today in the magazine in which he aired numerous grievances with Winnipeg and its Jets....
Kane confirmed in the story what was eventually known, but not before he was traded -- each summer he spent as a member of the Jets, he asked for a trade. When asked about it while he was in Winnipeg, Kane talked around it or inferred denying it.
"Something I asked for a long time finally came to fruition," Kane said in the THN interview. "Yeah, I asked for a trade every off-season in Winnipeg."
To be fair, the Jets also obfuscated on the trade-request matter back then.
In his story, Campbell writes: "Truth is, though, Kane was never a good fit in Winnipeg, even in his first season there where he scored 30 goals.... Every unpaid traffic ticket, every rumour about him skipping out on restaurant bills and having his girlfriend with him on the road, every time he posed for pictures with a wad of money attached to his ear, every time he shaved YMCMB into his scalp became a major cause celebre in the league’s smallest market."
Why was that?
Kane believes racism is relevant to his story, a charge he first leveled more than two years ago in an interview with THN.
"There are lots of guys I could point to that everybody knows publicly who have done a lot worse or been accused of doing a lot worse things than I have," Kane said in the interview. "But they don’t look like me. They don’t look like me.
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News with the article.
I do not like these kind of hits at all. Your thoughts?
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
He made them pay. Twice. And if the Winnipeg Jets didn't already know about the deadly finish of Vladimir Tarasenko, they have the painful evidence now.
The 23-year-old Russian -- drafted in the first round in 2010 by the St. Louis Blues -- was all over the scoresheet in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Jets, finishing with two goals, including the game-winner as the visitors notched their fifth win in six games this season.
Tarasenko had 21 goals in 64 games two years ago, and exploded for 37 in 77 last year. But he now has five goals and nine points in the Blues' first six games this season and there is a sense he's not even close to reaching his ceiling.
"I think it's safe to say I've been around a long time and I've seen some unbelievable guys," said Gomez. "I got to play with (Alexander) Mogilny... but this guy might be at a different level. I don't think we even know the potential. It's almost scary. The closest thing I can think of is when Pavel Bure first broke into the league.
"When this guy gets the puck in almost any area, you've got to think goal almost every time. He's a great kid, he's got a smile on his face all the time and the guys just love him. You can tell he just wants to get better. It's pretty neat. You don't want to take him for granted. He's great for our league. He's a special one right there."
read on for more on the game
Watch the game highlights below...
I retweeted a Vine of this hit from Byfuglien earlier, but the video does more justice.
FYI, Byfuglien received an extra two for charging and the Blues did score while on the PP, making the score 4-2 and that is how it ended.
added 6:36pm, Earlier in the game, Jacob Trouba made contact to the head of Troy Brouwer, no penalty on the play. Watch below..
There was no penalty on the play.
What do you think, are the refs being too lenient with the penalty shot calls?
You will see a better angle of the call in the gif below, but first the video.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Andrew Ladd is a proud man. It’s a big part of what makes him the hockey player he is. And while his words say it’s all business, the fact he’s even willing to discuss his contract status right now reveals it’s become personal to him.
I approached Ladd following Thursday’s morning skate expecting to get a quick, "no comment," upon asking him if he was prepared to shut down contract negotiations with the Winnipeg Jets once the regular season began.
"It’s certainly something I have to consider," said Ladd, looking me in the eye and not bristling a bit at the question. "My contract and the business part of things can’t become a distraction to me or to my teammates. So setting it aside once the season starts is something we’ll (Ladd and his agents) have to discuss."
This is Andrew Ladd sending a message, saying he’s had enough. For Ladd to say this aloud, he has to be angry and disappointed. It constitutes a threat: sign me now or prepare for the unknown.
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