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Evander Kane The Entertainer

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Kane is his own man though. He couldn’t care less what people think.

“Why do those other leagues have more success in terms of marketing their players? Their personalities?” he asks. “Hockey is the sport that I love, but it’s also the entertainment business. The ice is a stage. When I’m in front of the cameras it’s a stage. Fans come to the building to be entertained. They read the newspapers to be entertained. They listen to the radio to be entertained. If you are mindful of that, maybe me winning money in Las Vegas and being excited about it — like anyone else would — isn’t the worst thing in the world.

“There is that (humble) reputation in hockey,” he admits. “But I think now you’re starting to see some diversity in personalities. The way social media is now … just the spotlight being on you so much. I think it’s going to benefit everybody.”

If “everybody” doesn’t include all the people here who cringe every time they hear Kane is making another headline, then perhaps he is right. At 23 he is a genuine first-line left-winger, an absolutely chiseled stud at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds....

The young man is all hockey player. He should own this town. But every time they open their heart to him he puts them on call waiting. It’s as if there is another NHL city on the other line talking to Kane’s heart, 24-7.

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“The Sky Is The Limit” For Evander Kane

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Evander Kane believes he could be on the verge of a breakout season.

Rarely short on bravado, Kane was mostly playful as he met the media and made a bold proclamation on Friday that should generate the type of headline that would have Winnipeg Jets’ fans dancing in the streets if it comes to fruition.

In past years, Kane has often kept his personal goals to himself but that wasn’t the case this time around.

“I said when I got drafted that I can score 50 and I know I can score 50,” Kane, chosen fourth overall in 2009, said matter-of-factly. “Playing with the right guys and playing with those guys consistently and obviously staying healthy is a big part of it too.

“The sky is the limit.”

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Those Joking Jets

from the CP at TSN,

Teammate Blake Wheeler suggested today a little good-natured banter on Twitter has turned into another excuse to pile on Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane, after Kane responded to Wheeler's comments the talented young forward could step up his play and be a leader this season for the Jets.

Wheeler said Kane was just making a joke that was misunderstood and misinterpreted by "Winnipeg folks" and the media once again.

Wheeler repeated that he believes Kane is a player who has the ability to help the Jets get to the next level as they try once again to reach the playoffs in 2014.

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Kevin Cheveldayoff On Evander Kane

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Cheveldayoff was asked about his star winger’s vague answer today at the conclusion of the Jets’ Development Camp and - not surprisingly - would not fan any of the trade-rumour flames.

"It’s very difficult right now in hockey," began Cheveldayoff. "You’ve got the draft and all the different things like free agency that come up and as you guys all know, there’s rumours that abound each and every day that send everyone in different directions. I can only imagine as a player what goes through your mind when you hear, ‘So and so’s being traded and different things like that.’ It’s got to be difficult. They’re all professional hockey players and they’re all subject to those kind of things. Even when you have your general manager like I’ve been saying, I’m open to look to see if there’s ways to make improvements on this team. Without singling out any individual everyone starts to wonder what’s going on.

"With specific reference to Evander and the situation where he was asked those questions, I think he’s been asked those questions year after year after year since he’s been here and certainly since the time he’s signed the contract.

"So, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet. What I took from his comments, is he’s excited about being healthy and training this summer and really looking forward to having a solid summer of training. He had some minor surgery last year that derailed some of the training side of things."

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The Latest On Evander Kane From Evander Kane

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Evander Kane hasn’t exactly snuffed out the trade rumours swirling around him.

In fact, based on an interview he conducted with The Team 1040 radio station in Vancouver, it could be said he doused them with gasoline instead.

The subject of speculation for most of his days as a Winnipeg Jet, and especially leading up to last month’s draft, Kane was asked by the radio station today if he wanted to remain with the team. And his response was very vague.

Here’s the exchange:

Host: Evander do you want to play for the Winnipeg Jets anymore?

Kane: Well, I think I'm a Winnipeg Jet right now, and, you know, there's been speculation and rumors the three years since I got there. So, you know, we'll see what happens and we'll carry on as if I'm a Winnipeg Jet.

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Garrioch talks rumor turkey before the draft, updates Spezza’s status

The free agent "wining and dining period" has been a bit of a pain in the rear to keep up with, but it's at least intriguing to witness player agents just cut out the middleman and tell actual reputable sources, "Oh yeah, we met with team X, team Y and team Z" instead of having to read someone's column about "league sources" (who are almost always agents or hopeful GM's).

But the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch has arrived in Philadelphia, and it wouldn't be the draft or five days till free agency if Garrioch didn't provide us with both an update on Jason Spezza's status...

It's believed as many as five teams -- including St. Louis, Anaheim, Phoenix, Nashville and Florida -- have made calls on the Ottawa captain. The club is mulling over what route to take.

With Spezza requesting a trade, the Senators would like to have a deal in place by Friday, but the club would like to get a No. 1 pick to replace the one Ottawa gave up in the deal for Bobby Ryan with Anaheim last summer.

Murray along with assistant GM's Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee were expected to sit down Wednesday to discuss the different scenarios because this is a deal that has a chance to be a game-changer.

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Keep Evander Kane

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The bottom line on trading Kane, or any member of Cheveldayoff's team, has to be about benefitting the organization. Cheveldayoff isn't going to be offered a roster player of equal value. Teams are going to try to pry Kane away from Winnipeg with packages of picks and prospects.

For a fan base already screaming about the here and now, making a deal for tomorrow would be untenable.

The other side of the equation is maybe we've seen the best of Kane and he's never going to be a consistent 30-goal guy. Under that premise, trading Kane now would seem to be the right move if the return is strong. There's little evidence, however, to suggest Kane won't continue to improve and become a better and more valuable player.

Kane is flawed in that he doesn't see the ice very well and his goal production to date has been inconsistent. He might argue the same can be said of his linemates, and it's true Kane has been forced to play with a bit of a dog's breakfast during his three seasons in Winnipeg. He's also been an infrequent member of the No. 1 power-play unit. If Kane is to grow he needs both more opportunity and higher-quality opportunity.

Moving Kane would be premature. It's time to find out precisely what he is as a player and how far he can grow. Install him as the left wing on the top line.

Cheveldayoff will want to see if Kane can soar with these Jets before booking him on another out of town.

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It Is About Race

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

As the Winnipeg Jets’ season wound down, a controversy involving one of their players flared up. Interim coach Paul Maurice made star winger Evander Kane a healthy scratch for a game in Toronto – and just like that, harsh words were hauled out to criticize the 22-year-old: he had an attitude; he was arrogant; he wasn’t a good fit with the Jets; he needed to be traded post-haste. If it sounded familiar, that’s because it was. Ever since the franchise relocated to Manitoba from Atlanta, Kane has been a target for critics.

Some of that, he’s earned. When he posed during the 2012-13 lockout in front of the lights of Las Vegas pretending a giant stack of money was his cell phone, fans and media rightfully ripped him for not understanding how it would be perceived.

But put aside the specifics of that situation for a second and answer these questions: Were you ever 21? Did you ever make a mistake at that age? Do you think that, if you were making millions of dollars and existed in a massive public fishbowl at that age, you might make the odd error in judgment?

The answer should be “yes.” That’s why there’s something about the relentless negativity surrounding Kane that doesn’t sit right. I’m not pointing to anyone specific when I say this, but I have to say it: some of the criticism hurled at Kane – as well as teammate Dustin Byfuglien and Canadiens star P.K. Subban – is about his race more than his character. It’s what Kane referred to last year when he told THN’s Ken Campbell “a good portion” of the criticism is racially motivated.

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Matheson handicaps awards races, says Oilers should retire #94, Jets should trade Kane

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson kicked off his last regular-season slate of Hockey World columns with individual awards picks, and his pick for the Vezina Trophy is a surprising one:

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

1. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado.

2. Tuukka Rask, Boston

3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay

Had off-ice issues this year which weighed on him but very consistent work. Rask is best Finnish goalie right now, and they’ve got a full stable of good ones around the NHL. Bishop, nursing sore wrist as playoffs loom, is a six-foot-seven giant and a workhorse.

Matheson continues, making a plea to the Oilers to retire Ryan Smyth's number...

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Video- Evander Kane On Being A Healthy Scratch On Saturday And Playing Tonight

Kane was a healthy scratch Saturday night in Toronto but will play tonight against the Wild.

 

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Matheson ponders an ‘Ovechkin divorce,’ reveals Teemu Selanne’s toughest opponents

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned a particularly prolific set of Hockey World columns and blog entries (so much so that I'm stealing one for my Malik Report blog), and we're going to start sifting through four separate columns/entries' worth of observations and nuggets of wisdom with a question that many have pondered but few have tried to analyze:

Is there any logical way in which the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin can engage in a civilized "divorce" (and/or removal of that heavy captain's "C"), or is the team, "Married to Alex Ovechkin for life?"--to the detriment of an increasingly rotating cast of coaches, goaltenders and complementary players?

Since the Gretzky trade/sell to the LA Kings in 1988, we all know anybody can get dealt, although that’s Leonsis’s call, and the question is how many people would give up their tickets to games if Ovie wasn’t there. There’s 100s of people in Caps’ No. 8 jerseys at games in Washington. But, winning often trumps player loyalty and in the time Ovechkin has been with the Caps, they have won three playoff rounds in, this, his 10th year.
 

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Evander Kane Facing Civil Assault Lawsuit

from CBC,

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane is being sued by a Vancouver man who claims he was assaulted last year, CBC News has confirmed.

In a notice of civil claim filed on March 28 with the B.C. Supreme Court, the man alleges that he was attacked by Kane while heading home from work on Aug. 10, 2013 near the corner of Burrard Street and Barclay Street in Vancouver.

The man claims he suffered a concussion and various injuries to the head, neck, shoulders, back, chest, ribs, left leg and heel as a result of the alleged incident.

The man is seeking unspecified damages as well as compensation for past and future health-care costs and legal costs.

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Note, changed the headline from Charges to Lawsuit.  I don't claim to be a lawyer and was advised of the proper term.

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Evander Kane Won’t Play Until After The Olympic Break

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Garrioch: Olympic roster freeze might spur GM’s to shop early

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch discusses the players who've become the stars of the pre-trade deadline rumor mill in a trade-rumor-packed Sunday column, and he insists that at least some GM's will filling their shopping lists sooner than later:

With the Olympic roster freeze set to go into effect Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m., several league executives believe there may be a flurry of activity. “A lot of teams are nervous,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “I really think there are some teams that are in playoff races that want to make changes. You have to think there’s going to be some trades before players going to the Olympics because teams aren’t going to want to wait until March 5 to position themselves.” A lot of the teams at the top of the standings — Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Jose — want to be active, but thus far the movement has been limited. “There’s lots of talk,” said the executive.

He also suggests that the Winnipeg Jets' recent surge won't stop the team from moving "name" players:

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If Winnipeg Moves Evander Kane…

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

(Evander) Kane hasn’t played since Nov. 29 with a lower body injury, and was off to a seven-goal, 14-point start for the Jets in 26 games this season. More eye-opening has been his behavior off the ice: clashing with Winnipeg coach Claude Noel about the reasons behind being scratched on Nov. 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving short, surly answers to the Winnipeg media and now missing the first half of December with an undisclosed injury.

It certainly doesn’t seem like model behavior from a player that refers to himself as #thenatural on Twitter. But it might also be actions Kane hopes will eventually get him moved to a more desirable NHL destination as the Jets seem understandably reluctant to trade a young 30-goal scorer that’s locked up for $5.25 million per season for four more years beyond this one.

Expect the Bruins to be a team that would be interested in Kane’s service if/when the Jets finally get tired of his act. His combination of size, strength toughness and offensive skill is exactly the kind of player Boston is always looking for on the wing, and the Bruins have the right combination of young assets/valued NHL chips to make a deal happen.

Would anybody take big issue with the Bruins dealing Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron, Malcolm Subban and a high draft pick in exchange for the unhappy Kane if push comes to shove in Winnipeg?

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TSN’s Insider Trading segment discusses expansion and trades

Paul noted that ESPN's Pierre LeBrun tossed off a set of "Rumblings" with Olympic ramifications--and, "Lemme tell ya, kids, them Russkies are gonna be furious that the IIHF won't let them revise their rosters until right before the 'Perfect Olympics'"--and LeBrun's comments were made in parallel with TSN's latest epsiode of Insider Trading. LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie touched on a set of topics that included some bona-fide trade talk and this intriguing topic:

Commissioner Gary Bettman talked about expansion and said nothing was imminent. What is happening?

McKenzie: Bettman said there was no formal process in place but you have to believe there may be an informal process that is in the works. We know the NHL wants to get to 32 teams, the question is when it could happen. The absolute earliest you could add teams to the NHL would be the 2015-2016 season, just less than two years away. The league needs a one-year lead time on that, therefore if anything is happening, it will escalate over the next ten months.

Here are some of the trade rumors mentioned by the panel, and of course, there's more than trade talk in the 4:15 clip and the transcription thereof:

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Video- Raw Footage Of Evander Kane Tweaking His Knee In Practice

 

 

CBC caught some raw footage of the njury, which you can watch below...

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Afternoon Line

"I think Evander Kane has come leaps and bounds for me in a lot of ways. The focus is always on a lot of things in the off-season, anything to write about. I don't have any concerns with him. I see a huge change in him.

"I saw it last year. I've seen it through the summer. I've seen it both on and off the ice and I've really liked what I've seen. He's very focused. I think he's matured. This is part of the process. The problem is we're under a microscope and that's a little bit of an adjustment for a young player, a young man. I like a lot of what I've seen and I'm very excited to have him play this year. I think he's got a lot to play for and I certainly know one thing, he wants to have success."

-Claude Noel, head coach of the Winnipg Jets on Evander Kane.  More on the Jets from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Evander Kane In The News Again

In a way I feel bad for Evander Kane who met with the Winnipeg media today to talk about the traffic ticket issues he had.

On the other hand, just pay the tickets and stories like this would be avoided.

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Evander Kane said he is back in Winnipeg to make news for his hockey exploits, not unpaid traffic tickets.

And so the Jets winger said Thursday he has taken care of a pair of outstanding tickets after the Manitoba government filed a Court of Queen’s Bench motion to garnishee his wages in an attempt to recoup $650.80 in fines and costs. The tickets came after Kane was charged on June 4, 2012 for "using a hand-operated electronic device while driving a motor vehicle." That $249.80 ticket went unpaid, leading Manitoba Public Insurance to put a hold on his licence.

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Afternoon Line

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Afternoon Line

 

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What Is Evander Kane Waiting For?

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has put a six-year contract worth close to $29 million on the table and Kane’s people have had it sitting in a desk drawer for a number of weeks now. They haven’t said no and they haven’t said yes. They haven’t said much at all.

Maybe Kane’s people at Newport Sports are hoping another team will come in with an offer sheet to up the price. Jets fans have expressed apprehension about such an occurrence. They shouldn’t.

First and foremost it likely won’t happen. If Kane was so attractive to other clubs they might be willing to risk what comes along with putting in an offer sheet—it would have happened by now.

Secondly, no manager wants to put in an offer sheet if it is certain to be matched. It only serves to raise the market value of players and the ire of other GMs.

Let’s be perfectly clear right now—any offer sheet signed by Evander Kane will be matched by the Jets.

If Winnipeg didn’t match they might as well “shutter the franchise,” as one agent told me on Tuesday. Once you let one bully take your lunch money, the others begin to circle like buzzards.

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The Latest Offer To Evander Kane

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Just 24 players in the NHL scored more goals than Evander Kane last season and the Winnipeg Jets have placed a premium value on his services, offering him a rich and long-term contract.

Kane and his representatives are mulling over a six-year deal in the neighbourhood of $29 million as negotiations between the two sides have ramped up.

It’s swap-proposal time in the Kane talks and unless someone digs in their heels, an agreement should be reached. Talks to this point have been productive with both sides proving to be creative and flexible in order to get an agreement that works for everyone.

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Jets Working On A Deal With Evander Kane

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane’s representatives are working on a long-term contract that could see the player signed for up to six years.

Negotiations are moving at a methodical pace with both sides motivated to strike a lengthy pact and get it completed well before training came according to multiple sources involved in the deal.

Contracts signed by New York Islanders sniper John Tavares and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel are being used as examples. Both players signed long-term packages coming out of their entry level contracts, Tavares a six-year deal worth $33 million and Kessel a five-year pact worth $27 million.

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Will The Jets Pay Evander Kane?

from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,

It was, at times, a tough first season in the Manitoba capital for the 20-year-old, who was still young enough to play in the WHL last winter but was instead in his third NHL campaign. He was dogged by off-ice issues in the early going, but he bounced back to finish with 30 goals. Not bad for a youngster.

Now, however, the Vancouver native is about to become a restricted free agent if the Jets can’t get his signature on a new contract by Sunday morning. Other teams would then be able to offer Kane a contract, but the Jets would be able to match it. If they don’t match it, the Jets would get draft picks in return, the number depending on how much the contract is worth.

It’s hard to picture the situation ever getting that far, even though there always seems to be plenty of drama when it comes to Kane….

He obviously deserves plenty more than than the $900,000 salary, $90,000 signing bonus, the $250,000 bonus he got for 30 goals and any other perks he might have received for his play. Give him a good chunk of money ($3 to $4 million per) for a few years, and by the end of that deal the real identity of Evander Kane will be known.

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Latest On Kane And Pavelec Negotiations

via Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

After meeting with Craig Oster and Don Meehan of Newport Sports (who represent Kane) on Wednesday, Cheveldayoff spent roughly two hours with agent Allan Walsh of Octagon to discuss a new deal with goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

As the rumour mill swirls around the status of negotiations with Winnipeg Jets restricted free agents Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec, the general manager continued to keep his cards close to the vest.

“Negotiations are ongoing for both of those players and there are other potential players within our organization on the UFA that we’re negotiating with as well,” said Cheveldayoff. “I’m always optimistic. Last year at this point and time, I never had the opportunity to meet with any of the RFAs representatives. We’ve been able to get a jump on that and things turned out pretty well last year.”

Walsh politely declined comment.

Money is believed to be the stumbling block the negotiations with Pavelec, who is weighing a one-year offer to play in for SKA St. Petersberg in the Kontinental Hockey League in the neighbourhood of $5 million per season.

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You Can Put The Evander Kane Rumor To Rest

via TSN,

The reports of Evander Kane wanting out of Winnipeg appear to be greatly exaggerated.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has met with Kane’s representatives from Newport Sports Management and dismissed the rumours of Kane’s unhappiness with the team.

Dreger adds that the two sides also discussed contract parameters, but did not get down to talking numbers. Reports surfaced this week that a Jets player revealed that Kane didn’t want to negotiate for a new contract - sparking trade rumours and speculation going into Friday’s NHL Draft.

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Keith Tkachuk Knows What Evander Kane Is Dealing With

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

If anybody can identify with Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane, it’s former Jets star Keith Tkachuk.

“I kind of feel for what he’s going through,” Tkachuk was saying from his home in St. Louis, Wednesday. “It’s definitely overwhelming.”

Tkachuk has been reading about the attention Kane has attracted since moving here with the Atlanta Thrashers. And if he sees some similarities to his own days as a Jet, well, it’s because there are a few.

A thick, power forward with a heavy shot and soft hands, Tkachuk joined the Jets from Boston University just before he turned 20, in 1992.

It didn’t take long before the goals and the money were piling up — along with the rumours.

“Being in the spotlight, I definitely wasn’t ready for that,” Tkachuk said. “And sometimes I took advantage of it. But you forget that all eyes are on you.”

Simply put, Tkachuk had a reputation as a guy who didn’t shy away from a party.

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At Times, Kane Under The Microscope In Winnipeg

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.

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Concussion For Evander Kane

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.”

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The Media Made Me Say It

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.

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Video- Evander Kane Called For Goalie Interference

Al Montoya left the game and Kane received 2 for goalie interference.

A follower on twitter told me he compares it to the Tootoo hit on Miller.  What do you think?

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A Superstar In The Making

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

With the Twitter and trade talk behind him, Evander Kane is creating a new kind of conversation with his all-star calibre play.

The Jets forward has blown up on the NHL scene, with a scorching start to the season that has him 47th in league scoring with 21 points.

His 14 goals are fourth best in the NHL and has people league-wide discussing his potential all-star status.

Kane will need to keep up his pace and maybe even increase it to get the nod but the NHL’s hockey operations types have taken notice.

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Another #9 In Winnipeg?

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Some might call it a bold move for Evander Kane.

As it stands right now, the Winnipeg Jets winger is planning to wear the No. 9 made famous by The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull — provided he can get his permission.

“It’s almost like asking a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage,” Kane told The Vancouver Province. “I’ve read somewhere on Twitter that he had done an interview and said that he wanted me to wear it proudly. I don’t know if that’s true or not. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to speak to him soon. If he doesn’t have an issue with me wearing it, I’ll do my best on and off to live up to wearing that number. If I have to change, I’ll change.”

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Video- Sean O’Donnell With The Big Hit Of The Night

Evander Kane the recipient.

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Evander Kane Welcomed In Boston

from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

The Garden faithful certainly don’t want to see Kane lighting up the scoreboard when the Thrashers take on Boston on Thursday night, but Kane should get a warm reception regardless of what he does.

That’s because last year, Kane did what most Bruins fans wanted to see one of their own players do, when he delivered a devastating knockout punch to Pittsburgh cheap-shot artist Matt Cooke. Kane administered the beatdown on April 10, just over a month after Cooke had knocked out Marc Savard with a blind-side head shot on March 7….

“I know Milan Lucic pretty well, I played in junior with him [with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League in 2006-07],” said Kane. “So he sent me a text, told me what was going on in Boston. It was a fun time. Like I said, that definitely wasn’t in my mind at all, but I know it got a lot of attention and was a pretty big story.”

more plus a video of the knockout if you need a refresher…

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Two-Goal Start for Sutter, Productive Youth (and No Injuries!) All Good Signs for Carolina

He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.

For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.

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Post-Kovalchuk Thrashers Deep on ‘D’, Look to New Faces and Young Guns for Offense

For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.

By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.

They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.

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Raw Charge’s Five Questions for JJ

The staff at SB Nation’s Raw Charge finishes up their Five Questions, Five Answers series today with my responses to their Southeast Division inquries.

Check out the entire piece here, as well as the previous two installments, featuring my The Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran and Pete Choquette from Bolt Prospects.

As I touched on in closing out this interview, this division as a whole is on the upswing, making the timing of my expanded coverage even more exciting.

Enjoy the Q&A here… And, please, pay my friends at Raw Charge a well-deserved visit.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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Evander Kane One Punch On Matt Cooke Tonight

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Evander Kane Signs With Thrashers

via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

The Thrashers have signed Evander Kane to his first pro contract, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given that there has been talk that he might make the team out of training camp.  Tavares, Hedman and Duchene (the top three picks) have all signed with their teams, making Kane the fourth of the top four picks to do so.

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