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Kane on KHL stint: “You play six minutes a night and they want you to score three goals a game”

Dec 3, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

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Two weeks removed from his short stint with Dinamo Minsk, Evander Kane is reflecting on his time in the KHL.

He’s just not reflecting on it with fondness.

“It didn’t work out,” Kane told the Winnipeg Free Press. “You play six minutes a night and they want you to score three goals a game.”

Kane played 12 games for the Belarusian club, registering just one point while finishing with a minus-8 rating.

And that wasn’t even the worst of it.

He was suspended one game for an illegal check to the head, blasted by his coach for poor fitness and was described as a player that couldn’t “adapt to hockey in the KHL” upon departing.

Despite all this, Kane did claim some positives. He said it was a good experience to see “what happens over there and how it works,” and called the Minsk fans some of the best in the KHL.

But it sounds as though Kane was always uncomfortable overseas. Aside from ex-Jet Tim Stapleton and a pair of fellow locked-out NHLers in Pekka Rinne and Joe Pavelski, not much was familiar to the young power forward.

“There were some long days in the hotel room,” Kane said. “You can’t watch TV. I don’t think I even turned on my TV the entire time I was over there. I watched movies and downloaded shows for the laptop.

“It wasn’t the most positive experience, but it was an experience for me.”

  1. rushledger - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    He fits in great to Winnipeg hockey because they’re just happy to have a team so they don’t get overly upset if he’s lackluster.

  2. id4joey - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Six minutes a game and he’s minus 8. Yikes!

  3. matt8204 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Grass isn’t always greener…figure something out with the owners so you can play in the NHL again. This is beyond ridiculous now.

  4. Doesnotmatter - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I’m on the players side in the CBA mess but reading this just makes me want to slap his whiny a$$. There is a reason you played only 6 minutes a night, Evander. Minus -8 in 12 games? If he played 12 minutes a night he’d be minus-16.

  5. rashardmendenballs - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    “He was suspended one game for an illegal check to the head, blasted by his coach for poor fitness and was described as a player that couldn’t “adapt to hockey in the KHL” upon departing.”

    COULDN’T ADAPT IN THE KHL?!?!? Are you kidding me?!?!?

    This guy must have Alexander Radulov as the benchmark for all NHL players coming to play in the KHL. We all know that Radulov quickly adapted to the style of play in the NHL when he returned to Nashville for the playoff”s last season.

  6. valoisvipers - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    And Johnny comes marching home. I hope Evander took his puck and went home with it. NHL life not looking so bad now.

  7. lostpuppysyndrome - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    6 minutes a game, eh buddy? Sez right here ( that you averaged a little over 13 min/game. Maybe you were talking 6 mins of penalties per game, hmmm?

  8. dprouse - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    There seems to be a lot of guys leaving their respective European vacations. Again, the NHL is fully aware of this fact, and are quietly smiling as players lose what little leverage they had. This is why they are patiently waiting for the NHLPA to make a concession. After all, they did it at about this point in the 04/05 lockout, (Dec. 9, 2004) when Goodenow announced the 24% rollback. You can bet that Fehr is facing the same internal pressure to get a deal now that Goodenow felt then. Fehr won’t make a move that big, but you can bet that he will be willing to offer some concessions in the next 24/48 hours to get a deal.

  9. valoisvipers - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    dprouse I hope you are right but I think Fehr is still busy cutting off his nose to spite his face.But yes the pressure from more players and frustration builds everyday.

  10. wenzel0232 - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    HAHAHAHA what a punk

  11. nyccaniac - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    What did you expect ‘vander? Even Chara says he doesn’t have time to visit his family in Slovakia – he working ALL the time. The Russians are actually tough athletes. Did you think you were going to go over there and be an instant star just because you were NHL? Too bad – too bad as my Russian gymnastics coach used to say.
    Damn. You couldn’t watch TV? Did you think it’s be in English? Maybe you should have thought this out a bit better. Researched it. Minsk, after all – it’s not even in Russia. W/E, good riddance.

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