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Evander Kane flaunts stacks of money in Twitter pic, NHLPA should be pleased

Dec 19, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

Evander Kane provided the latest “what were you thinking?” moment of the lockout on Wednesday, posting a Twitpic of himself on the balcony of Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan Hotel while making a pretend phone call to boxer Floyd Mayweather.

The call was made on a custom phone.

The phone was made of stacks of money.

(Hundred dollar bills, to be precise.)


The picture caption read: “Hey @FloydMayweather pick up your phone cause I’m callin#imdifferent @jduppal”

The 21-year-old has since been lambasted by fans and media (see here and here and here).

From a timing perspective, Kane whipping out the cash phone couldn’t be worse. The Winnipeg Free Press points out that, in addition to the fact that numerous people have lost work and wages during lockout, it’s also close to the holidays — six days before Christmas, to be precise.


Kane’s lack of awareness might be stunning but, given the NHLPA’s history on the Twitter front, it isn’t especially surprising.

Since the lockout began, we’ve seen:

Derek Roy discussing how loud his Ferrari is on start-up

— Paul Bissonnette rave about his favorite seamstress at Barney’s New York

Patrik Elias and Martin Havlat saying how much fun they had at the Real Madrid-Barcelona game

Scottie Upshall and Brandon Prust passing along sunny vacation pics with the hashtag #lockoutproblems

Oh, there’s also those NHLers that openly complained about the hardships of having to play overseas during the lockout.

Those include Kyle Turris (who bashed everything about his time in Finland, only to later recant) and Joffrey Lupul (who said playing in Russia was worse than he bargained for.)

In the interest of fairness, we should point out not all NHLers have spent the lockout flaunting their wares. Jay Beagle was very open about the potential for financial distress given he’s got two mortgages. Of course, that means Jay Beagle owns two houses. You know what? Forget it.

Update: As several people have pointed out on Twitter, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Kane’s attire. Kudos, Evander, for repping the official blogger uniform of sweapants and sweatshirt — in Las Vegas!

  1. digbysellers - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    What a knucklebuns

  2. sippindasyzurp - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    The timing of this is terrible.. This is the reason why people are hating on the players.. These kind of things are why the NHLPA will not win if this goes to court because all this social media stuff these players are doing will be used against them when trying to prove economic hardship to the judges… Good luck.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      Can you explain how a picture of Evander Kane with money will negatively, or positively, impact a potential court case? Of course you can’t because the social media use in question has nothing to do with how much money these guys have earned.

      • fanofthegame79 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        My question is this: how does he have this cash?!? He’s an NHL player (low wages, right?) and they’re locked out – so no paychecks. I’m surprised to know that NHL players make this kind of money. No hating tho….look at the really rich people – they flaunt all the time.

  3. duster1982 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Next he’ll say he got hacked

  4. flyerguy73 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Yet another idiot I read about today! We need the season to get underway, so I don’t have to read about these morons!

  5. coreydm80 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Good job ya meathead

  6. travishenryskid - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    It shouldn’t cost more than $30 for an upper deck ticket to a hockey game. Instead, it cost at minimum double that. The reason, they’re paying these players through the nose. Cost is not on par with demand, and because of it, this league has turned into a joke. The owners gave the players too much and now have to cut salaries, the players don’t care about the health of the league, they only care about their own self-interests, and this is the result. All under Bettman’s watch.

    • cweez2 - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      This is the problem I have with Bettman. People trumpet about how much he’s grown the game. No – he cherry picked. It’s still a gate-run sport, where as the big leagues are fed by the TV contracts. He has grown the sport as far as a 1960’s era model will let it go.

      Get the TV contracts to foot the bill. But a little tough to do that now…

      • matt8204 - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        And a lot of teams need to sell tickets at cut-rate prices or literally give them away in order to put fannies in the seats.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        Ummm, what? They just signed a 10 year, $2 billion deal with NBC.

        The fact that I have to defend Bettman hopefully proves how stupid your post is. Please follow the sport.

    • ThatGuy - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Wrong. Oh so very wrong.

      This has been discussed around here before, but ticket prices will always be based on demand. The people that sell out have the highest ticket prices and the people that dont have the lowest. Has nothing to do with the salaries the players are paid, especially when salaries are linked to revenue as is. If every team cut their tickets by half, the players share of the tickets sold(currently 57, soon to be 50) would also be cut in half.

      The reason, and the only reason ticket prices are set where they are is because of demand. Its why Toronto avg ticket prices are $130 dollars for a non playoff team and Phoenix is $30 for a playoff team.

      • cweez2 - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        But it’s also the reason teams like Phoenix struggle financially. Too much reliance on the front gate. It’s more ammo for why teams like PHX need to be somewhere else.

      • ThatGuy - Dec 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        No Arguments here, a league can be gate driven. But only if there is a large amount of revenue sharing like baseball. Baseball is similar to hockey in that its revenue is mostly driven by gate receipts and local tv contracts. But they have the most revenue sharing between teams, that allows all teams to be profitable.

    • skybone404 - Dec 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      That’s a joke and a fallacy. The reason teams charge as much as they do is because enough people are willing to pay those prices, not just because of player costs. Blaming the player costs is just a convenient excuse that the fans might buy. In the past 5 years, the cheapest seat to see the Blackhawks was $8 with a student ID and they couldn’t even give them away because they sucked and no one wanted to support $Bill Wirtz. Now the cheapest seat is almost $30 and I’m on about a 10 year wait for season tickets. Look at Toronto and Montreal ticket prices vs. prices in Phoenix.

      The players can definitely be blamed for not knowing when to shut up. Fehr should have told the players “I’m not putting a gag order on you like the NHL is doing, but think before you speak.” The geniuses that had to mouth off on twitter could cost the PA to lose in court, and its affecting them in public opinion. Blaming for them fighting against what looks more like all about crushing the union than getting a fair deal is not entirely fair, but the players should be realistic. Blaming them for ticket costs is just laughable.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      Owners charge what people will pay for seats.

  7. cweez2 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Treated like cattle…if by ‘cattle’ you mean Kobe Beef…

  8. islanders1 - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    This guy is just Bad for the PA and the league he can play hockey just not very smart about life. With any luck the Casino took both stacks and his room key!

  9. matt8204 - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    It’s no secret that these guys are very wealthy (even 4th-liners and 7th d-men make more than 99 percent of wage earners), but there are ways to conduct yourself and ways not to. This doesn’t look good for the players who are crying about how unfair the lockout is. Bad timing and it gives them a very poor, out-of-touch image.

  10. voltron217 - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Bring replCement players from the ahl. We’ll. see more exciting hockey and in four years you won’t even know they used replacement players. That way the next pick of Kane will be him pretending to see him making a fake phone call to his agent with Monopoly money.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      Haven’t been to many AHL game before huh?

    • skybone404 - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      AHL hockey at NHL prices? No thank you.

  11. ussportsfanuk - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Probably not the best idea really! A great way to really alienate the fans!

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      Were you somehow unaware that he makes a large amount of money without this picture?

      • ussportsfanuk - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        Not at all. But it is one thing knowing and another thing having it shoved in your face when players and the league are arguing over money and stopping the fans from watching some Ice Hockey!

  12. gbar22 - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Sometimes there are no words for these guys

    • matt8204 - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Really makes you wonder what some of them would be doing if pro sports didn’t exist.

  13. dbarnes79 - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Yeah they are really hurting for some cash.

  14. dasportsninja - Dec 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    I am gonna tweet this at him in 10 years when he is washed up and broke after squandering millions of dollars. You know what they say about a fool and his money, well, I dont think there is any doubt that young evander is a fool.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      And I’m sure he won’t care what some moron tells him online then either

  15. lordfletcher - Dec 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    “Patrik Elias and Martin Havlat saying how much fun they had at the Real Madrid-Barcelona game”

    I am not a fan of either Elias and especially Havlat (as hockey players) but come on… Going to a Real Madrid game isn’t falunting anything infront of someone’s face. The tweats by them were not bragging, just showing that they were having a fun time in an early lockout situation. No harm done…Most people could afford that trip if they wanted to and or saved properly… I won’t ever be mad for someone enjoying their money when they’re not intentionally rubbing it in one’s face.

  16. sidneydeane35 - Dec 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Just one more event proving how arrogant the players and NHL are. Thinking whatever they do the fans will come flocking back. Yeah Good Luck with that. Cancel the season already, then go back to fighting about. money that ain’t going to be there when you decide to come. Fans are growing tired of your arrogance.

  17. myroncopesflask - Dec 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I don’t have a problem with it… It is his money he can burn it if he so chooses. Those of you that are whining need to stop feeling so bad for yourself. I’m sure he is holding at least half of my annual income in his hands in this photo. The fact that he took this picture is a pretty good indicator that in the not too distant future Mr. kane will be broke. He can pile all of his money up and swim in it like scrooge mcduck for if he so chooses. You blowhards that rip a 21 y/o rich person for acting like a 21 y/o rich person are either jealous or jealous. How does this photo impact anybody?

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:35 AM

      Thank you for making sense

  18. cspsrbums - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    He is doing nothing wrong just acting like any wealthy young man would People need to stop whining and let people live. He wasn’t making any point just having fun

  19. cspsrbums - Dec 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    It’s all on the owners anyway

  20. eyeh8goodell - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Gotta love the people that have a problem with this. Just admit you’re angry that he isn’t broke and desperate for a paycheck and on the verge of caving to the owners the way you’d like him to be. Clowns.

  21. jackdaniels1 - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Dumb move but all these bonehead twitter mishaps (loved the loud Lambo one) are all show for the chicks. The little head will always be bigger than the big head

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