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Evander Kane won’t say if he wants to be traded (updated with video)

Apr 7, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

From the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe, after Jets forward Evander Kane was made a healthy scratch Saturday versus Toronto:

Kane says he expects to be back in the lineup tonight versus Minnesota, but Saturday’s scratching will only add to the speculation he could be dealt this summer.

And that speculation has been going on for some time now.

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Kane is only 22 years old, and there’s no doubting his talent. He already has 97 career goals, including the 30 he scored in 2011-12.

If you’d like another reason he’d garner significant interest on the trade market, his contract runs through 2017-18 for an affordable cap hit of $5.25 million.

All that said, if he is made available by the Jets, there will be questions about his character.


Does this look like a happy hockey player?


  1. beergold - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Bring him to Toronto…..where all NHL careers go to die!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Maybe not to die, but certainly be overpaid for. I relish the idea of Chevy robbing the Loafs blind.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      But he’s locked in for 4 more years after this one, how would the Leafs overpay him?

      But seriously, Kane’s young and a capable offensive hockey player. Maybe you can question his commitment to playing an overall game to help his team win, as well as his attitude and off ice behaviour, but he’ll score goals wherever he plays.

      I’d be extremely happy to see him come back to his hometown and play for the Canucks, but it’d all depend on the Jets’ asking price. If they think they can get full value despite the concerns over his behaviour and play off teams against each other to drive it up even further, then someone will pay but not Vancouver, but if they’re realistic then there’s no better place for him to get a bit of growing up/mentorship than in Vancouver with his old junior coach in Don Hay.

      Either that or he really doesn’t care and will just party with all his old friends and fall further down the rabbit hole…

    • 19inarow - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Don’t you mean the Rangers? I mean really, it’s a long-standing tradition over there…exception: Messier.

      • 19inarow - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Oh wait, Messier’s career DID die there, the second time around.

  2. crazemastercraze - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    What a pain this kid is

  3. stcrowe - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    If they were to trade him to Dallas, a weekly reality show about the adventures of Evander Kane and Tyler Seguin would be pretty entertaining.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      It would be hilarious until Kane and Seguin click and terrorize the Midwest. I don’t like that idea. Not one bit.

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    “All that said, if he is made available by the Jets, there will be questions about his character.” Bingo bango bongo. That’s the key right there. Chipman and Co. have preached character since day one and every organization knows it. Thankfully, there’s always at least one team who’s willing to bet they can turn a wayward kid around, and it has happened more than once. The trick is for Chevy to wait for the right trade, ie slowplay until Toronto, Buffalo, NYI or Philly makes some outrageous offer.

    • 11111111111a22 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Philly? Ridiculous offers? Well I never….

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        😉 True, Philly would just wait until he’s a restricted free agent to make a move.

  5. djshnooks - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Again…this was a serious name in play for Murray and Buffalo at the deadline.

    I know this for a fact.

    There is “one player” they wanted but it’s “more of a summer/draft type trade.”

    22, already played a few years…a goal scorer…good salary…exactly what Tim Murray says he wants to build around.

  6. sjtorpitt - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Man would I love to see him in teal.

  7. bilbono - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I think at this point everybody knows he’s not happy in Winnipeg, but does it hurt or help a team’s trade offers if a player reveals he wants to be traded to the press? Can’t figure this out.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      The Jets might get more offers if he comes out as demanding a trade, but it’d bring down his value if teams knew the Jets had to move him.

      There was a question while Noel was still there about the relationship between coach and player, and the coach was always going to be the first to go (particularly since they were losing). But now that the coach has been swapped and there are still issues, it has to come down to the player. What those issues are exactly is another question, but if they feel they can’t work through this then they’ll have to trade him.

  8. sjtorpitt - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    It hurts, definately. Teams will try to trade for the least they can bc they know he’ll get traded. Hurts the leverage of WPG GM in negotiations.

    • bilbono - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Thanks, that makes sense. Too bad for Winnipeg, hope they get some good returns.

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