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Maurice: Kane should ‘just come to the rink’ to get back in Jets lineup

Apr 6, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

Evander Kane AP

TORONTOEvander Kane was a healthy scratch for the Winnipeg Jets for their 4-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night and coach Paul Maurice was a bit elusive as to why.

“That was a coach’s decision,” Maurice said. “You’ll get no rationale from me. You’ve seen me on TV before. There’s nothing rational out of my mouth.”

When Maurice was asked what Kane could do to get back in the lineup, his answer was a bit cryptic.

“Probably just come to the rink,” Maurice said.

Kane was replaced by Devin Setoguchi in the Jets lineup. Since coming back from the Olympic break, Kane has two goals and eight assists.

Things have been a bit busy for Kane for all the wrong reasons recently. He’s facing a lawsuit for an alleged assault and has had reported tension with the team during the season. This latest episode won’t do much to cool things off.

  1. lordfletcher - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I don’t see any possibility to Kane being with the Jets after August and most likely traded near the draft.

    bummer for Winnipeg that they will most likely not get great return for him. Hard to sell someone on potential when they have failed to show it on a consistent basis once in 4 years.

    • govtminion - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      That’s the sad part. The potential is there, every so often he makes a play that leaves you staring at the TV saying “Did he just really do that? CAN he do that?”

      …And the other, what, 75 games of the season he’s just skating in figure-8s it seems like. Such a waste- he has the potential to be a real team-changing talent, and he doesn’t seem like he wants to be that guy.

      • lordfletcher - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        after thinking about it further, I see one of a few ways this could play out.

        the most likely and potentially dumb option. Trade him ASAP this summer, don’t get great value but will still get quality in return.

        or. wait it out, sit him down and figure something out. See how the first 40 games go in 2015 and either sell him then at possibly worse value or he puts up points and he gets traded for a haul.

        I don’t know if there is much past that unless they bring in another coach and they just find magic in a bottle. If the Jets are pushing for the playoffs next year (I highly doubt as I think their D is below average outside of Trouba and poor goal-tending) they could possibly work this out… but again, that’s a lot to bank on especially seeing as most of the damage may be done and a change in scenery is appearing needed.

      • killerpgh - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Blockbuster deal for the ages at the draft in Philly (IF the Penguins choke in the playoff this season)

        Jets Get:
        Malkin, Neal, Despres, rights to Niskanen, 2014 3rd round draft pick and 2015 3rd round pick (about 15.5 million in cap hit for signed players)

        Penguins Get:
        Kane, Big Buf, Wheeler, 2014 1st round pick, 2015 1st round pick and 2nd rd pick in 2014 (about 16 in cap space total for players)

      • govtminion - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        Why on earth would the Penguins take that deal?

      • killerpgh - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        Because it would then give them the pieces needed to get Kesler and use him as the 2nd line center. And the trickle would would be a improved 3rd line as well with potential prospects drafted for the picks and some cap spaces as well.

        E Kane – Kesler – Wheeler
        Buf – Jokinen – Dupuis
        Adams – Megna – Glass
        Vitale, Gibbons

        Letang – Martin
        Scuduri – Maatta
        Burtuzzo – Dumoulin


        If the Salary cap only raises to $69,196,625 for next year that roster still leaves Shero around 1.9 million in cap space for improvements (assuming Engelland, Glass and Jokenin as resign for near the same they currently make).

      • govtminion - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        If those lines look like the way you want the Penguins to look next year, I have to only assume that you’re a Flyers or Capitals fan, because that’s the only way trading Malkin for the Jets castoffs and the oft-broken Kesler seem like an upgrade for the Pens. But, if you’re content to stop the Crosby era at one Cup, far be it from me to argue with you.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      failed to mention and this will be my last post for a while that if he is on the block at the draft… his value will be sky high and a bidding war will happen but it will be hard for the jets to move him unless they do get the return they want.

      Looking at other teams around the league who would be willing to give up this much, I can’t think of teams. Every fan of their team will obvious say their GM will be in on him but I am not sure. With his attitude and performance, it would be a lot to see on bringing a kid in who may or may not ever live up to the hype. You could set your squad back 3 years worth of drafts if you fail at this trade.

      Anaheim / Tampa / Florida and maybe Detroit or Montreal ??

  2. slaugin - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Because the Coach is a Racist?

    • beergold - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      No because the coach is a coach and this particular player is not performing and is very often a self centered POS of a hockey player and a teammate!

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      It feels like you have a larger narrative under the surface itching to be said.

      Feel free to keep it there.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    What a difference attitude and personality make in one’s life. Tons of talent and nothing to show for it.

  4. slaugin - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    He is only 22 he could very well turn his attitude around, If the Jets get a couple head strong Vets to teach him how to act it could go a long way. I was just kidding about the Racist remark, bad joke I know.

    • 19to77 - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Thing is, on paper they already do. Andrew Ladd is as “headstrong vet” as they come. Cup winner on two different teams and a top-six, physical two-way forward. Guy does everything and leads from the front. If Kane isn’t benefitting from that as a role model, I’m not sure anyone will be “good enough.”

  5. stcrowe - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I know that this guy has attitude issues, but I love his talent. It would be foolish to give up on that talent at this early stage. He will grow up.

    When Chris Chelios was inducted into the Hall of Fame last November, he did a radio interview with Chris Nilan. He said that he regretted his immature behaviour in Montreal that caused Serge Savard to (disastrously) trade him away. He also said that he wished that Savard had waited another couple of years for him to finally grow up.

    Kane will grow up too, and it would be a shame for the Jets if his maturity and talent were to emerge somewhere else.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      While it would be a shame if Kane flourished elsewhere, the way the Jets played while he was injured demonstrated his presence was not really necessary. Nobody doubts his abilities. However, I can’t imagine his off-ice antics and seemingly poor attitude are not a distraction for the team. Since Maurice showed up, the team has become far more cohesive, and yet there’s Kane, dragging his feet and refusing to march in step. If Chevy saw a good deal for him, I’d have no qualms with seeing him get shuttled elsewhere. Chipman and Co have preached “character” from the beginning, and Kane does not appear to be a “character” sort of fellow. I’d gladly have a hard-working, night-in-night-out, team player than a kid like Kane who turns it on when he wants to.

  6. cliffatola - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    That is the world we live in and the sports we watch. The youngsters are told from a very young age that they are that good and should be entitled to this and that so they come to the rink as a pro expecting the same treatment. Look at what Seguin is doing in Dallas, haven’t heard much about his off the rink antics as you did when he was in Boston. Maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs.

  7. 950003cups - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Paul Maurice is one of my favorite coaches. I have no idea how he ended up out of the NHL for so long. If he says “just come to the rink” then he basically said whats wrong. The kid probably got scratched for lack of whatever, then decided if he’s not gonna play, he’s not gonna show up to practice. If you don’t show up to practice, you’re a bad influence in the locker room. If that’s the case, then PM should’ve kept quiet. I’m sure the GM is getting pissed about trade value when something like that is made public. But PM is probably just letting everyone know what they’re gonna be getting in to if they take him.

  8. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    i play the horses … i am badly in need of a crystal ball … no

    not orpikian crystal balls but crystal balls that would help me divine things from afar … understand that with which i have no means to gather clues … i need to be able to predict the future

    tell me girls … what is your secret

    how the hell do you know so much about kane and maurice with so little real-world contact in their day-to-day interaction

  9. frankiesweep - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    He’s hockey Obama.

    • 950003cups - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Naaa. Kane is much better at his job than Obama.

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