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Winnipeg’s Kane released by KHL team

Nov 16, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

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In news that’s both surprising and unsurprising, Jets forward Evander Kane has been cut loose by KHL club Dinamo Minsk.

The surprising part is that Dinamo, the league’s top team (Ed note: can’t read standings properly) would severe ties with one its most ballyhooed lockout signings.

The lack of surprise is due to all the Kane-related drama since his arrival in late September.

Within days of joining Minsk, the 21-year-old was blasted by head coach Kari Heikkila for being out of shape and “not ready yet to play on KHL level.”

Two weeks later, Kane was suspended one game for checking Avangard Omsk defenseman Nikita Pivtaski in the head — which ended up being the most noteworthy thing he did in a Dinamo uniform.

Kane finished his brief KHL stint with one goal and no assists in 12 games played. He did manage to finish minus-8 and rack up 47 penalty minutes, mind you.

  1. zetaone - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    “Ballyhooed”? How deep into your 1910 Thesaurus did you have to dig to get that gem Mike?

    Chock this story up to – North American players don’t always fit into Russian leagues and visa versa?

    • Mike Halford - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      I was going to go with promulgated, but ballyhooed made me sound more old-timey reporter guy-ish.

      • zetaone - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        Haha fair enough :)

      • doubles22 - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Just trying to “capture the spirit of the thing”?

  2. janiesmom - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Dinamo Moscow is the KHL’s top team. It has players like Nicklas Backstrom and some Ovechkin guy. Dinamo Minsk is in 20th place (10th in the West Conference). They have Pekka Rinne, Joe Pavelski, and Tim Stapleton and used to have Evander Kane. That’s right. Evander Kane got cut from the 7th worst team in the KHL.

    • lapsncaps - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      When you say it like that, watching Kane get cut is quite hilarious.

    • Mike Halford - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Yeah, this is all correct. I was wrong.

      The only thing I’ll say in my defense is I got confused reading this page ( where I mistook “Dynamo Msk” as an abbreviation for Minsk.


      • janiesmom - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        That’s okay. There are three of them, after all.

  3. spochiefsfan - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    “Dicky Dunn wrote it, it must be true!”

  4. digbysellers - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    I was once in Dynamo on a Southern tour and I met this girl who was an underwater specialist.

    • wicky888 - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      Come on out by the poooooooooool

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