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Kane’s agent on KHL exit: “The coaching was a challenge at times”

Nov 19, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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Evander Kane‘s agent has shed some light on his client’s decision to part ways with Dinamo Minsk after just 12 games in the KHL.

“I’ve spoken to Evander and he just found the hockey to be different,” Craig Oster told the Winnipeg Free Press. “The style to be different, the training to be different.

“I think the coaching was a challenge at times.”

It’s not surprising to hear of a possible coaching issue.

After just three games, Dinamo bench boss Kari Heikkila blasted Kane for being out of shape, saying the 21-year-old was “not ready yet to play on KHL level.”

As for the hockey being “different” overseas? Well, that’s a possible explanation for why one of the NHL’s premier young power forwards flopped so badly in Minsk.

Kane finished his brief KHL stint with one goal and no assists in 12 games, and his most noteworthy moment was receiving a one-game suspension for a check to the head of Avangar Omsk defenseman Nikita Pivatski.

To be fair, Kane isn’t the only NHLer that’s had a less than stellar European experience:

– Montreal forward Max Pacioretty left struggling Swiss team Ambri-Piotta after just five games.

– Philly’s Wayne Simmonds bolted Czech club Liberec following an ugly racial incident.

– Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec left his Czech team after posting a 3.50 GAA and .896 save percentage in 14 games.

Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers suffered a serious shoulder injury while playing in Sweden.

Oster also suggested the nature of Kane’s contract with Minsk played a role in his departure.

“This arrangement didn’t have a set time limit. It was a month-to-month deal,” Oster explained. “For both sides, it felt like it had run its course.”

  1. valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    65 cents on the dollar and all the abuse you can get. Have you boys had enough fun yet?
    Will it take another plane crash to wake these jokers up? Tell Herr Fehr to take a walk, sign up for the owners offer which keeps you safe, treated like Kings and you get to make millions. Is that so bad? Really

  2. janiesmom - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Andreivsky was not the Dinamo Minsk coach at the time of that initial comment. Heikkila was.

    • Mike Halford - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Wow, you beat me to it.

      • janiesmom - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        I may be slightly obsessed.

    • janiesmom - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      And Heikkila’s quite a challenge for players. But he left the team in October and has since been replaced by Andreivsky, who was an assistant at the time. Lysenkov never clarified which coach make that remark (at least that I saw).

  3. blomfeld - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    “either make score goal or salt mines for you !”

    LOL ! :) Anyway, what’s going to be really funny is “big man” Ovi trying to explain himself when he comes crawling back. I don’t wish the Capitals and their fans any ill will, but I do seriously empathize with them. Same thing with Kovalchuk and the Devils.

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