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Evander Kane met with the Buffalo media today.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
The most asked question of the week: “What did you think of the Evander Kane trade?” (More on that later.)
The second-most asked question of the week: “What on Earth is going on in Toronto?”
There’s been two David Clarkson scratches, one Phil Kessel demotion, a meeting with ownership… and a partridge in a pear tree.
There are two ways to look at it. The first is through the eyes of Jacques Lemaire, one of the sport’s smartest people. Years ago, when asked to explain his philosophy, he said, “Teaching the game the way I want it played.”
If you asked the Canadiens or Devils or Wild about that, they would say they knew if they didn’t do it his way, they weren’t going to play.
Not long ago, one coach (who knew he was going to be fired) said to his team, “Guys, the next coach is going to demand you play this way, so you might as well start now.”
That’s going to happen in Toronto, whether or not Peter Horachek is there. He’s beginning that process and he’s going to do it his way, consequences be damned.
continued plus 30 Thoughts...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
He welcomes a fresh start after all the drama that fueled his exit from Winnipeg.
But first and foremost, after talking to Sabres general manager Tim Murray, Kane sees the opportunity that lies ahead next season after he recovers from his shoulder surgery.
"Once I talked to Tim and talked to my agent [Craig Oster of Newport Sports], there’s a lot of excitement for the future in Buffalo," said Kane. "Just looking at next year, they’re going to get a top pick and that’s exciting. Just to have one of those two guys maybe to play with next year, plus the other young players on that team. The sense I got from Buffalo is that, yes they’re rebuilding but they’re not going to sit around and wait. They’re looking to do something now. It’s nice to go somewhere where you feel wanted and you feel that they want to put you in a situation to have success."
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray talks about acquiring Evander Kane from the Winnipeg Jets.
"... One of the most dynamic players in the National Hockey League." That's Tim Murray, GM of the Buffalo Sabres.
Kane deal done
Myers Stafford Armia Lemieux and first for Bogosian and Kane
Jason Kasdorf a goalie from RPI also goes in deal
added 11:48am, from TSN,
The Evander Kane era in Winnipeg has come to an end as part a blockbuster eight-player deal with the Buffalo Sabres.
The Jets traded Kane, Zach Bogosian, and unsigned goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres on Wednesday in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a first-round draft pick.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the first-round pick will be the lowest of the three that Buffalo currently owns.
added 12:46pm, Winnipeg Jets release is below...
added 1:00pm, Bufalo Sabres release now below too...
It’s no secret Kane feels he’s trapped in a fishbowl. Rumours are magnified in such a small, hockey-mad market. He will definitely tell interested teams a change of scenery equals a changed man.
That’s why teams will be interested. If true, you’re the proud owner of an effective, powerful forward.
“Jeff Carter is a talented guy who needed direction, to be shown the way,” one scout said. “Now he’s a different player on and off the ice, a real leader on that team. You wouldn’t have said that previously. I see real similarities between those guys.”
Can Evander Kane convince teams he can do it, too?
-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet where you can read much more on Evander Kane.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Unquestionably, if the Jets wait until then, there will be more teams in a position to make an offer. That's conventional wisdom. But Kane-ventional wisdom suggests the Jets may pay a penalty for the delay.
Even if the Jets had a healthy and happy Kane in their lineup, they were looking for more depth up front, especially on the wing. Winnipeg had been looking at Toronto's Daniel Winnik and reportedly called Ottawa on Chris Neil, though it's believed Portage and Main is on Neil's list of 15 places he can't be traded to.
Taking Kane out of the lineup for the rest of the season leaves a significant hole. The great misnomer is because Kane was playing on the "third line" he's a "third liner." The 30-goal man's numbers have been in decline for a couple of years now, though many write that off as a by-product of injury. Nevertheless, Kane still logged quality minutes amongst the Jets' forwards this season.
The point is there is some pressure on the Jets, more than ever in their brief history, to make the playoffs. It's been there all year long but the fact Winnipeg has, aside from a recent losing streak, played so well, the post-season expectation has risen, become even more tangible.
Teams interested in Kane now are likely to test Cheveldayoff's resolve and/or patience by offering packages weighed more heavily with here-and-now help than future considerations to see if he bites.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
For sale: One left-winger with a bad shoulder and a bad attitude. Line forms to the left.
What do you mean you want to exchange pesos for dollars? And no, we don’t take rubles.
Kane’s agent Craig Oster let the first bit of air out of the tire Friday evening, admitting there had been talks about potential trades over the past few seasons. Other sources later confirmed the information.
While the news Kane had asked to be moved was no shocker, the timing of this leak piles on to a soap opera that opened this week with the player playing 20 minutes in Calgary and ended Friday with Kane electing to have shoulder surgery.
In between, Kane broke the team dress code at a meeting in Vancouver and then had his clothes thrown into a tub of water by veteran teammate Dustin Byfuglien. A healthy scratch and three days of screaming headlines and Kane had enough.
When, according to his agent, surgery was again offered as a solution to a previous shoulder injury, Kane said yes and ended his season.
Kane, according to his agent, had been offered surgery prior to the season. The fact he only opted to go forward with the operation after Tuesday’s doings is impossible to ignore.
via the CP at the Times-Colonist,
Kane's agent, Craig Oster, said the forward considered undergoing surgery last summer but decided to rehabilitate the injury instead. When Kane missed practice Thursday, Maurice said the winger was seeing team doctors for an undisclosed ailment that has bothered him all season.
Reports initially indicated Kane was benched because he broke the team's dress code by wearing a track suit instead of a suit to a team meeting.
"The decision to have surgery ... is based simply on health reasons, nothing more," Oster told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.
The benching only heightened speculation about Kane's long-term future with the club. A source confirmed to The Canadian Press that Kane had a run-in with teammates the day of the Vancouver game that included Dustin Byfuglien throwing Kane's track suit into the shower.
"The event itself — I think there's been a terrible amount of speculation and rumours in terms of what may or did happen," Oster said. "I don't know the facts. I don't know that anybody really knows all of the facts so I really don't have anything to comment (on) because I refuse to speculate about it."...
Kane hasn't asked for a trade, Oster said.
"He continues to be a Winnipeg Jet and will be until his contract expires or until he's traded," Oster said.
The Winnipeg Free Press's Gary Lawless has been on top of the Evander Kane saga since its outset, and this morning, Lawless suggests that the Winnipeg Jets' season sits at a crossroads (if not on a long Manitoba train track) thanks to the actions of not only Dustin Byfuglien, but also the Jets' captain, Andrew Ladd, its coach, Paul Maurice, and to some extent, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:
Let’s review: Kane shows up for a team meeting in sweats. Byfuglien determines this isn’t good enough and tosses his teammates gear into a shower or a cold tub. Kane’s belongings are soaked and his pride and very likely his heart are damaged. He’s been humiliated by one of his big brothers. By one of the men he’s lived and worked with going on six years. Maybe there was a time when this manner of sending a message was accepted and worked, but no longer. It just made a mess.
Ladd is the captain of this room and anything that happens behind those closed doors is his responsibility. He needs to have his finger on the pulse of things. If he stood by and let Byfuglien commit this act — it’s on him. If he missed and then couldn’t or wouldn’t solve the issue before it blew up as it has — again it’s on him.
Same goes for Maurice. This coach likes to say he lets the players run the room. Fine. But at some point in time Tuesday when this was playing out, Maurice had to determine his influence was needed. He’s lost a player. A skilled and productive forward on a team that just can’t afford to move on without a suitable replacement.
If Kane is indeed done with the Jets and Cheveldayoff can’t put together a deal to replace him, it’s hard to imagine this ending well for Winnipeg.
Lawless continues, and he does an excellent job of reminding us that whatever happened, a young man got treated like a child thanks to teammates who were equally "in the wrong" by going "old-school" on him, and the coach and GM are also culpable here...
And this is a situation that has less to do with a troubled player being an *#$%@& than it has to do with a troubled player's behavior yielding, well, organizationally-approved, coach-approved, captain-approved and teammate-approved assholery.
Bob McKenzie was just on TSN Toronto radio...
It a poorly kept secret some of Evander Kane's teammates are not on the same page as Kane and the feeling is mutual. They sent a message to Kane in Vancouver.
McKenzie says he doesn't know Kane personally enough to make a long-term judgment on him but does say he is only 23 years old.
McKenzie says Kane is available and says there are two types of teams right now, contending teams and non-contending teams.
He also mentions his injury could be a concern now, would you trade for him and find out later he needs surgery.
Teams will do their homework on Kane and then decide if they should take a shot at him.
Will his maturity level get better is the question.
McKenzie says if Kane really wants to get out of Winnipeg, the best thing he could do is play at his level. The decision is Kane's, does he shut it down and go for surgery or play through it and prove his worth?
McKenzie says the last thing the Leafs need is Kane, they have enough wingers, they need centermen.
He also says he is certain a Kane trade will happen and logistics tell him a trade will more likely happen during the summer and again, it depends on if Kane decides if he is healthy enough to play this year.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Evander Kane failed to show up in time for Winnipeg’s game in Vancouver earlier this week following an incident with Dustin Byfuglien and other teammates, Sportsnet has learned.
It was previously believed the Jets had made Kane a scratch for the game in his hometown. Following the 3-2 overtime loss on Tuesday, Paul Maurice termed it a “coach’s decision.”
However, multiple sources familiar with the situation have since indicated that Kane was not on the team’s bus to Rogers Arena and then missed a pre-game meeting. Repeated attempts to reach him were unsuccessful until approximately an hour before puck drop, when Kane answered his cellphone and said he wouldn’t be playing against the Canucks that night.
Earlier in the day, the 23-year-old winger is said to have had a run-in with teammates.
I really don't know what to think about this, so I'll let the Winnipeg Free Press's Gary Lawless take it away...
After breaking a team rule, Evander Kane was a healthy scratch on Tuesday and that may be the end of this little saga. Or we may soon see signs of a much larger rift.
Kane’s transgression on Tuesday, as it turns out, was fairly was minor. He broke dress code, arriving at the rink for a midday team meeting in sweats, instead of a suit. By gametime, Kane wasn’t a player.
Jets coach Paul Maurice scratched Kane from the lineup and after the game called it a coach’s decision. This is the second time Maurice has made Kane a healthy scratch for disciplinary reasons. The coach has rules and he expects his players to follow them and there are few exceptions. The margin of error for a repeat offender such as Kane is thin. So he got benched.
How Kane takes this treatment will be the subtext of the next chapter. If he accepts he made a mistake and is willing to move forward, we’ll see him back in the lineup as early as Friday night. If he’s miffed, and decides he’d like to swat back at the organization, Kane does have a card to play. He can elect to shut it down and have surgery on an undisclosed injury.
Continued, and we all know that Kane may demand a trade. Or not?
via Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,
"Coaches decision not to be in the lineup tonight," Maurice said after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks at Rogers Arena pushed Winnipeg’s losing streak to a season-high five games but at least salvaged the Jets a much needed point.
Asked if he cared to expand on his answer, Maurice bristled. "What do you think the chances of you getting more are? We work together."
Asked if it was any more difficult to sit down one of his most productive players in recent weeks given Winnipeg’s current losing streak, Maurice replied: "I’ve just been doing this long enough that most of these aren’t that difficult to do."
Asked if he expected Kane to be in the lineup for Winnipeg’s next game — Friday night at MTS Centre against the Chicago Blackhawks — Maurice was flippant, suggesting that answer will have to wait for later in the week.
"Flight tomorrow fellas. Are you coming back to Winnipeg?...We’ll probably talk again. OK," said Maurice. "You guys get down to the MTS Centre tomorrow between 1:30 and 7 and I will catch up with you there."
That last comment was apparently meant to be a joke. The Jets have no practice or availability scheduled for Wednesday.
The video explanation by Patrick Burke.
via the NHL Department of Player Safety,
Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane will have a hearing Monday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a check from behind on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner during a game Sunday at MTS Centre.
Kane hit Stoner from behind at 19:49 of the second period. He was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct. Stoner was not injured on the play.
Anaheim won the game 4-3 in overtime.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: checking from behind. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
19:49 ANA Clayton Stoner served by Rene Bourque Roughing - 2 min against Evander Kane
19:49 WPG Evander Kane served by Chris Thorburn Checking from behind (maj) - 5 min against Clayton Stoner
19:49 WPG Evander Kane Game misconduct - 10 min
added 5:19pm, below is the Ducks broadcast view of the hit...
Most nights, I spend the "night shift" watching and waiting for a controversial hit to pop up, but on Saturday, Erik Karlsson laid out Evander Kane with a beautiful, legal and non-injury-inducing hip check instead:
Winnipeg defeated Ottawa 2-1 in a shootout and Kane played 21:30, so he was fine.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Kane was doing his best to stay onside and Scheifele didn’t see him and went barreling into him, making hard contact with Kane’s right knee.
Kane was down on the ice writhing in pain, before he was helped to the bench.
After coming back for one shift during a Jets’ power play, Kane made his way to the dressing room for further evaluation and didn’t return.
“I’ll give you lower-body and we’ll find out a lot more (Friday),” said Maurice. “I don’t know. He’s going to have to go see the doctors and we’ll get a better idea. He was moving after, so that’s a positive. We’ll see.”
When asked specifically if Kane would require an MRI to reveal the full extent of the damage, Maurice was noncommittal.
“I don’t know what the doctors will do to him, but whatever they want to do to him,” said Maurice.
more on the Jets win over Arizona...
You can watch how the injury happened at TSN.
“I think if you sit Evander down and have a one-on-one conversation with him, I’d guess the people that would probably say a lot of those [negative] things about him, their minds would change because they realize he is a kind person. He is a good guy, and I think he’s just a little misunderstood. I think he’s handled [criticism] great. Not a lot of personal stuff gets to Evander. I’ve played with him for six years now, and it’s something that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.”
-Zach Bogosian of the Winnipeg Jets on Evander Kane. More on the Jets from Bogosian at Sportsnet.
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.
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.”
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Kane was a healthy scratch Saturday night in Toronto but will play tonight against the Wild.
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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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.
Note, changed the headline from Charges to Lawsuit. I don't claim to be a lawyer and was advised of the proper term.
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:
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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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.
CBC caught some raw footage of the njury, which you can watch below...
"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.
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.
continued inlcuding video of Kane talking about the issue today...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.