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Report: Evander Kane doesn’t want to negotiate with Jets

Jun 16, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

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Evander Kane is coming off an entry-level contract and under normal circumstances it would be safe to assume that the Winnipeg Jets would like to tie down the restricted free agent to a long-term contract. After all, Kane was their goal scoring leader in 2011-12 and one of the faces of the young franchise.

Unfortunately, all does not appear to be well in Winnipeg. A Jets player reportedly told Renaud Lavoie that Kane doesn’t want to negotiate for a new contract.

Back in April, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that Kane enjoyed playing in a Canadian market and in front of the Jets fans.

That being said, when it came to his upcoming contract talks, Kane was somewhat vague at the time.

“We’re going to have see what happens and sit down and talk with my agent,” Kane said. “That’s why I pay them the big money. There’s a lot going on with the new CBA and all that kind of stuff.”

Now, assuming it’s true that Kane no longer wants to negotiate, there could be a number of different reasons for that. For all we know, it’s just a tactic and part of the process.

However, it is worth noting that Jets coach Claude Noel had some harsh words for Kane back in January. He later tried to blame the media for provoking him, but it wasn’t an isolated incident for Noel.

The Jets coach repeatedly criticized his team and even early in the season there were questions being raised about his relationship with the players.

Of course this should all be taken with a grain of salt and even if there are issues, it’s entirely possible that they will be quietly resolved before the 2012-13 season begins.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Kane had moments of going around town and treating staff of business poorly. Not paying for meals, poor tipping etc. Some people put up signs around town and at games calling Kane out about it.

    The community and Kane are not mixing well and I have no doubt he has heard some colourfully ignorant language thrown at him at times.

    Not surprised at all that he does not want to be there, there is a vocal few who do not want him there either despite his skills.

  2. odj810 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    what do you think his trade value would be? first and 2nd round pick? more?

    • bcisleman - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      Really depends on Kane. He has to want to sign with any potential trading partner. A top 5 pick would probably be fair compensation but would Kane sign with any of the teams that have one? If I am the Jets management, I do what I can to re-sign Kane. If that doesn’t work, I get a top 6, a top six prospect or a pick I can get a quality top 6 with.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Seriously a 1st and 2nd?

      A 21 year old 30 goal scorer should get a top line forward+a high prospect+a 1st or 2nd rounder

      • bcisleman - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Depends on what we’re talking about. A top 5 pick could get WIN the big elite frontline center they badly want…so a top 5 pick could be adequate competition.

      • biasedhomer - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        It would have to be at least a high pick and a good prospect IMO.

        Picks are gambles, as are prospects. You saw what Mike Richards (for Simmonds, Schenn, 2nd rounder) and Jeff Carter(7th overall, VOracek, 3rd rounder) fetched. While you can argue Kane has not put up numbers equal to those 2 former Flyers, you can also argue Kane has a higher ceiling, and is much cheaper (Richards and Carter both are 10+ year commitments).

  3. sergeikremlin - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Kane certainly holds the trump card here. He is a young power forward who just broke out for a big season with 30 goals, in a landmark season for the returning Jets. He is a very valuable asset and he knows it. With the problems in-and-out of the locker room, it looks like he’s going to wait for the Jets to make a big play to him while he takes the “my work is done” stance and leaves it to his agent.

    At the end of the day, this deal will get done. The Jets cannot lose their best goal scorer, one of the faces of the franchise, and arguably top asset, after one season. It would be a big blow.

    I think they will just end up paying a lot more than they would like.

    • bcisleman - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:03 AM

      Depends on how much Kane wants out. No matter how talented, you don’t want a guy w/ attitude issues. Jets also need to look at whether their coach is the problem. A good GM has a feel for the Room and will know what to do.

  4. chicohawk - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    If Cheveldayoff can’t resign Kane, I wonder if he’ll approach his former boss Bowman, who he fleeced for a 2nd AND 3rd rd pick in this year’s draft for overpaid 5th Dman Oduya…

    I’m sure Bowman would be one of 29 other GMs obviously interested in Kane and he has some promising young players/prospects to offer in return…

    Stalberg? Kruger? Saad?

  5. pastabelly - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    It’s too freaking cold there. Atlanta may not have been a great hockey town. But most people prefer living there to Winnipeg.

  6. zone44blitz - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Something about this guy just scream Southern California. Maybe it’s the Lambo sitting in his garage, terrified of those Manitoba winters. I would expect to see him in Anaheim sometime soon.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      I think it’s time to start the Bobby Ryan for Evander Kane rumors.

    • bethgoesglobal - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      You could also argue that with a “Lambo sitting in his garage” he could just be screaming “Money”. He may very well just be trying to pull a Doughty.

  7. pavelfitzgerald - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    As a Jets fan I’d take Ryan for Kane in a heartbeat. You could probably even squeeze out a mid rounder with Kane’s cheaper contraction/longer restricted rights. There’s been a lot of rumours around town about the resturant stuff, bar instances, even a crazy rumour about him getting his concussion from a night out on not on the ice. He seems more concerned about his life off the ice then on it.

  8. broadstbully33 - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    he wants to come to philly to play with his best bud simmer…jvr for kane straight up

  9. buffalomafia - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Nobody wants to play in Winnipeg?

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I think guy’s do want to play in Winnipeg, it’s the Green Bay of the NHL. Tanner Glass said opening night was louderrhen game 7 of last year’s finals in Vancouver

  11. buffalomafia - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Again who wants to play in Winnipeg?

    • bearcountry17 - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:47 AM

      Says the guy from Buffalo.

  12. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    It’s ultimately win-win for us frozen, lonely, moneyless Jets fans. Either we keep the guy or we trade him for picks. I’d like to see the Jets keep him as he’s a fantastic young up-and-comer who is pretty electric to watch (though sometimes selfish with the puck). However, aside from Scheif and maybe Klingberg and Postma, the Jets’ cupboard is rather bare. I have faith in Chevy though. They’ve got a smart crew and they’ll bring success to Winnipeg soon enough.

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