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Winnipeg columnist: Kane’s days are numbered with the Jets

Dec 20, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

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Even after Evander Kane said he wasn’t trying to offend anyone by posing on a Las Vegas balcony with four bricks of cash and tweeting a picture of it, the Winnipeg Free Press ran a column by Gary Lawless that suggested the 21-year-old’s days are numbered with the Jets.

To be clear, it’s not just because of the Vegas tweet, argues Lawless. It’s about the reputation Kane’s built in the city.

There’s also this:

Kane isn’t very coachable. On or off the ice. He’s a talent. But he’s also a problem — there’s no disputing that.

Teammates have tried to reach him on certain subjects. He doesn’t listen. If he wants to bring his girlfriend along on the road, he does so. Veterans have tried to hammer home that road games are business trips. Focus should be on the work. Kane does what he wants when he wants. He’s a teammate but not yet a good one.

We’re not sure we’ve ever heard of a player bringing his girlfriend on the road. Is that approved by the team? It can’t be, right? He must hide her with the luggage or something.

At any rate, Kane supporters can argue all they want that a mountain is being made out of a molehill, but nobody can deny teams hate having to answer questions about this sort of stuff over and over.

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  1. tomnickle - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Jaromir Jagr and Stephane Richer. Two players who brought their better halves on road trips all of the time.

  2. bcsteele - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    While I would respect team policy, what is the big deal?

    I go on business trips all the time for my dealership and bring my spouse along. I’ve never once been unable to keep my head where it needs to be during any meeting or negotiation because she’s in town.

    It’s not like his girlfriend is on the bench or in the locker room…

    • shoobiedoobin - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      The article isn’t solely about whether bringing your GF along is a good or bad idea. There’s a bigger picture here and clearly a bigger problem.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      When you go on business trips where you would bring your spouse with you, do other people you work with come along? Do you all travel together like an NHL team would? Along with your boss (GM) and supervisor (coach)?

      If you answered yes to all of those, then good for you, but I highly doubt it would be the case where it’s generally acceptable practice unless it’s a trip specifically designated as such.

    • stakex - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Yeah its not just the fact he brings his girlfriends along… there are a lot of other problems that surround Kane, the gf thing just being one example.

      There is also a massive difference between you taking a business trip, and an NHL player going to play an away game. NHL players are functioning as employees the entire time they are on the trip. From the second you get on the plane (paid for by the team), to the moment you land back home you are working. Even just hanging around the hotel room (also paid for by the team) you are on the teams payroll… and such down times on road trips can be some of the best times to build team cohesion. Thus there are rules (writen or otherwise) that are expected to be followed.

      Thats almost certainly not the case for you when you go on a business trip.

  3. ironmike778 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Imagine being good enough to reach the NHL but too stupid to make the most of it?

    • thailer35 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      I know, right? That’s the problem with natural born talent, everything comes to you too easily and you don’t feel the same need to work hard as others do.

  4. dprouse - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    This latest little blowup, while perhaps not much on its own, confirms a long standing pattern of behavior for Kane. Guys like that divide dressing rooms, and unless they are scoring 50 goals and 100 points, they aren’t worth the headache. He’ll be moved when, or if, hockey starts again.

  5. stakex - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Good luck trying to move him. He has a monster contract that was based entirely on one 30 goal season, and hes clearly a problem in the locker room. I doubt there will be many takers, especially after the disaster that was his brief KHL trip.

  6. biasedhomer - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Come to Philly!

    • crosberries - Dec 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Yeah he’d fit in well with the rest of the the a holes on that team and in the city

  7. rushledger - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I’d say if there is a season trade him while the values still high with his contract length you could get a few pieces in a deal.

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