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Winnipeg’s Kane released by KHL team

Nov 16, 2012, 3:09 PM EST

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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.

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