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Kane: I could’ve played vs. ‘Hawks, Jets made me healthy scratch

Nov 8, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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Evander Kane isn’t letting Wednesday night go.

After being held out of the lineup in a 4-1 loss to Chicago — the second game in a row he missed with an unspecified injury — Kane told reporters on Friday he was ready to face the ‘Hawks and insists he was a healthy scratch.

“I felt healthy enough to play,” Kane told the Winnipeg Sun. “My definition of a healthy scratch is a healthy player not playing. That was my interpretation.”

Embattled coach Claude Noel, who has run afoul of Jets players in the past (see: Burmistrov, Alex), told the Sun he’s discussed the matter with Kane and respects his opinion, but still stands by the decision to hold the 22-year-old out due to “health reasons.”

That said, it’s clear there’s some sort of rift between coach and player.

“I felt good in warm-up and obviously the feeling wasn’t mutual,” Kane explained. “Obviously it’s some sort of disagreement in a sense, but I don’t think it’s a big of a matter as some people are making it seem.”

Kane has six goals and nine points through 15 games this year, which is decent production. The problems in Winnipeg, it seems, are much larger in scope — after spending huge in the offseason to retain its core players for playoff push, the club has just six wins through its first 17 games and sits dead last in the Central Division.

  1. chiadam - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    “Obviously it’s some sort of disagreement in a sense, but I don’t think it’s a big of a matter as some people are making it seem.”

    people like, say, Evander Kane.

  2. muckleflugga - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    could this be the beginning of a jets mutiny involving evander kane…?

  3. storminator16 - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Noel still there? LOLs

  4. mikemaric - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Would love to see this guy back in Vancouver.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Wow I would hate play with E.K, I would want him off my team. You can’t go to the media and say that s**t, keep it in the locker room! man this kid is dumb

  6. polegojim - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Perform UP to your potential.

    Jets aren’t paying Kane for ‘decent’ numbers…

  7. sampulls - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Just when I was starting to like this kid again – he goes and shoots his mouth off again.

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