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Kane: ‘I’m a Winnipeg Jet right now… we’ll see what happens’

Jul 8, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, Winnipeg forward Evander Kane appeared on Vancouver’s Team 1040 Radio and had some rather, um, curious comments about his future as a Jet.

The transcription, for your reading pleasure:

[1040 host] Matt Sekeres: Evander, do you want to play for the Winnipeg Jets anymore?

Kane: Well, I think I’m a Winnipeg Jet right now and there’s been speculation and rumors for the three years since I got there. So we’ll see what happens and we’ll carry on as I’m a Winnipeg Jet.

Sekeres: There’s not a yes in there, and some Jets fans might say you know, why doesn’t he want to play for us? Why isn’t he absolutely fully on board for playing for us? [To Kane] You’re shaking your finger at me.

Kane: No, I think… I’m training hard and getting ready for this season. Last summer I didn’t have a full summer of training due to some surgery I had, so I found it really important for me to start training early and get myself in the best shape possible for the upcoming season.

You can listen to the audio here. If you do, you’ll get a better sense of Kane’s deflection skills — Tomas Holmstrom would be awed by how good they are.

As for Kane’s actual comments, I’m not sure they add more insight to what’s pretty well known — he doesn’t really like his current situation. His time in Winnipeg has been marred with too many incidents to mention, yet the most telling development of all might’ve been when he “favorited” a tweet pushing a trade to Philly during Draft weekend. This ended up being, y’know, actual news, which says a lot — the situation has gotten to the point where people are waiting to see what unique, innovative ways Kane will express his desire to get out of Winnipeg.

Related: Chevy: ‘From our standpoint, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet’

  1. lowenni - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM


    • girouxvy - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      I’d like to know the answer to that as well!

    • phtjoey - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      He didn’t play last season because no team was willing to give him a contract. He’s started skating recently and hopes he’ll get another shot at the NHL next season.

    • westinpat - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      He is currently an unrestricted free agent so he is available for any team to employee him.

  2. titansbro - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Nashville could probably offer some nice pieces on defense. Poile should be pushing this one.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      HA, oh boy.

      Nashville needs a center and people who want to play there. Kane is neither.

      -Wild fan

      • titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        well if they trade for him does it actually matter if he wants to be there?

      • garn53 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Kane appears to be a locker room disruption. He has been a cry baby from day one AND he has not lived up to expectations on the ice so far. I think he needs a coach who can tame his cry baby ways and steer him in the right direction. As he is now he is a liability – a liability with great possible upside.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Nashville is the Winnipeg of the US.

      • claysbar - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        And Philly is the abortion of everything else. :)

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        Good one homie. Clearly you have never visited Pittsburgh.

      • titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        Philly is the… well… Philly of the US

      • garn53 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        That’s not a fair comment. Nashville is a beautiful little city with good weather and plenty of culture. Not sure why that opinion of Nashville exists but it is not Winterpeg for sure.

      • storminator16 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        You people are really, really ignorant.

  3. thatguytml92 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Leafs should trade lupul and reimer for him! Good trade for both sides, Kane would pair up nicely with kadri

    • beergold - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Kane will only go to a team that has an Earls so that his little head is taken care of and his right arm is in top condition. So I can see a good fit with the Leafs. That and having the attitude that mediocrity is good enough would likely get him a seven or eight year deal for 7 mill a season from the Leaf brass.

      • storminator16 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Wtf are you talking about.

    • garn53 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Let Dion go there – lots of cap room and Winnipeg seems to like big D men.

  4. wpghawksfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    At this point I would really like to see Kane shipped out (possibly to a team who’s currently over the cap?) If they were looking at Boston how about Kane for Marchand and Boychuk or for Philly how about Coburn and either B.Schenn or Read?

    • petersteelewannabe - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I think Hextall would want to package Vinny Lecavlier in any trade.

      • wpghawksfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Heck, I’d be totally fine taking Lecavalier in the trade too. We definitely have the cap space and could use his veteran leadership

    • garn53 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      How about Kane for Versteeg, Rozsival and Leddy? Chicago would meet Kane’s strict and narrow requirements. Winnipeg would get 3 NHL calibre players with one young D man in the mix.

      • wpghawksfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        I’ve always like Versteeg and both D are solid but I really doubt Chevy would be willing to trade him to a division rival where the Jets would have to face him 5 times a year

  5. avfanforlife - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    If a player likes the team he is on and considers himself part of that team, he would just say so. Kane CLEARLY did not say so. It sounded like he was more on the outside looking in to me. Too bad he doesn’t love it there as much as the WPG fans love their hockey. They deserve better I think.

  6. YouppiKiYay - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Now that the happy talk about repatriating a team to Canada is dying down, the truth is clear. NOBODY wants to play in Winnipeg. It’s a desperately mediocre organization in one of the least desirable cities in North America.

    • wpghawksfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      What exactly is in that you think makes Winnipeg so undesirable? We have some of the most knowledgeable fans in the league, a great ownership group and a city that despite what you may think is actually a pretty great place to live. Your comment reeks of ignorance and sadly a lot of “big city” idealists don’t see the benefits of living in a place like the Peg.

      • avfanforlife - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        @ Yippee ki-yay – Are you sure you aren’t Blomfeld using another name? That was quite lame. You certainly don’t speak for me, or any of the rational fans out there.

      • garn53 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Kind of agree. Winters in Winterpeg are as brutal as any city anywhere, and the summers are stinking hot and humid – and if you stand on the corner of Portage and Main you will probably get blown away by either extreme wind or by a ‘first nations’ person with a knife – hence the per capita crime rate, if i am not mistaken, is the highest in Canada and rivals that of only the East Hastings area in Vancouver – which is still a nicer view. Mosquitoes are huge and there are lots of them. . Once there you are so far from any other city that flying is a must and flights cost more than from other cities – although to a millionaire hockey player that doesn’t matter.

      • YouppiKiYay - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        I’m happy you enjoy Winnipeg. But the fact remains, the winters are much longer and harder than in other NHL cities. It takes a special sort to want to live through that. High crime rate is a factor, as are the sparse urban amenities. It just doesn’t compare favorably to other NHL cities. Why would a UFA with a choice of cities be drawn to Winnipeg?

        I’m sure the fans are great. Ownership? They haven’t really done much of anything to a core that was stagnant in Atlanta, including hanging on to Pavelic year after failed year.

  7. mogogo1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Some guys just don’t know when to stop digging holes for themselves. Others just seem to like digging. Not sure which Kane is.

    • garn53 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Needs a mentor.

  8. ntvd7 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Just trade this douchebag already…..

    He’s obviously not happy

  9. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    I’ve never seen so much hype over a 40 point guy

    • skuba7 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      I got a name for ya, Dave Bolland.

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Unless Nashville includes Seth Jones in that trade Kane is not going to Nashville ..
    That Toronto trade for Lupol & Reimer is even worse.
    I see either Philly or Boston being good landing spots with both teams having the pieces to offer something decent. Simmonds & a pick or maybe Marchand & a pick?

    • flyboystransport - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      At this point he isn’t better than simmonds so why would that happen?

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:41 AM

        The returns that you think they would get is outrageous. He has yet to show consistency. I wouldn’t trade lupul let alone both. An Seth jones or Simmonds is just crazy. He’ll be harder to move cause of he’s antics an is a cancer to the locker room. He’s a good player but he needs to stop being selfish an be a team guy an he’ll excel. A fresh start would do him real good. I don’t understand why they are holding onto him when he visibly doesn’t want to be there. They could get a good trade an help that team get over the hump. Winnipeg has the pontential to be a good team they’re just missing a few pieces an his trade pieces could get them there

      • garn53 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Totally agree with broadstreetsbaddest88 . He is beyond the point of return for Winnipeg. They must rid themselves of his influence because he will only devalue himself more and more as time goes on. He is a me me me cry baby and the coaching staff there have failed to reel him in and it is too late. Trade him while the fantasy of his possibilities still exists or hold on to him until he withers into nothingness and the team finally dumps him for little return. Kane is slowly ruining himself – between injuries, his huge cavernous mouth and his poor attitude/play he is slowly sliding into a position that he may never be able to recover from.

  11. blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM


  12. 950003cups - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    How can he not like playing in Winnipeg? New ownership. New arena. New fans. New salary. What does he want? Can he not handle being “the go to man”?

    In Atlanta he had no fans. Old building. Disinterested owners. And an entry level salary.

    This guys attitude just might make him a lifelong bust.

    • ray2013 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:51 AM

      As someone who lives in Edmonton, this seems eerily familiar with the Oilers before their re-build. Not an elite team, so the chances of a marquee free agent coming their way is not high. They don’t make a lot of big trades. They are not bad enough to draft some top prospects. They are just kind of meh. And if you had several more years of meh, you might want to get a trade to a contender. Kesler is a good example of someone who wanted out of a team that he felt would not seriously contend. But until you get a trade, you can’t say that the Jets are kind of meh and you had no confidence they would make the big moves to become an elite contender.

  13. mrminkus - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Kane needs to go. At this point he will be nothing but a cancer in the dressing room, causing discord among teammates and coaches alike.
    BTW, does anyone remember Winnipeg’s best run last season? It just happened to be right after Maurice replaced Noel as coach. Coincidentally (or maybe not) it was also during a period when Kane was injured, and not playing…. hmmmm….

  14. titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Philly fans still butthurt about Shea Weber haha. Been to Philly bro, armpit of a town. Seriously, even Pittsburgh is slightly less dilapidated. Check top US cities to live in rankings, 10:1 odds Nashville outranks Philly on every damn list written by somebody not from Philly. Plus no state income tax. Why do people from Philly think Philly is equal to NYC or LA? It’s comical.

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      its always sunny in Philadelphia.

      • titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        that’s actually a great show. i rescind my previous comments. philly is awesome!

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:27 AM

      You obviously haven’t ever left “smashville” in your life. He was comparing the city’s by least likely for a free agent to go. There is nothing in Nashville that is so great that players wanna move to that is worth playing for a losing team. Us philly fans are doin just fine without weber, where’s him in that $15 mill a year gotten you guys. Flyers bottom 6 is better then the preds top six so we’ll be alright talent wise. Only thing you hold is real good defense. There’s a reason why 4 times more people live in Philly then in Nashville an some of the top free agents every year come here. We’re a sports town, we don’t need the rich life like LA an NYC to have a good an no one every claims philly is one of them. It’s comical to think that you believe Nashville is a better city an sports town then philly. Philly tops both NYC an LA when it comes to that

      • titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        actually i live in boston now & haven’t lived in tennessee since 2001 (military). i’ve lived in several places in this great country from the east coast to the west coast & all the way down to florida.actually nashville & seattle FAR outrank any places i have ever lived, but seattle doesn’t have a team… yet.

        i guess you have more history (sports history too) than nashville, that’s fair. and 4 times as many people living in a dump doesn’t make it more desirable. populations grow for a myriad of reasons, the least of which is “it’s a nice place to live,” could have something to do with philly having easy access to the ocean for trade & shipping, that’s usually why populations grow. hell, mexico city is like top 3 in the world & it’s simply gross & dangerous.

        either way, preds defense is better, the goalie is better. a few offensive pieces & right they’re back in contention.

      • titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        maybe it’s just you who sucks & not the whole city?

  15. canada2014gold - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Jets fans are going to be dissapointed with the return for this kid. If they were smart they would go for an elite prospect straight across.

  16. obamareallysucks - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Philly fans are like Obama. Just plain stupid!

  17. joeman26 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    nice landing spot for Kane would be Boston and they have parts to get it done ..say a two for one & free up some cap space

  18. wpghawksfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    garn53 – wow congratulations, you managed to hit on every negative stereotype about Winnipeg all in 1 comment! Have you ever personally lived in the Peg? Crime! Mosquitos! Hot Weather! Cold Weather! Stabbings OH MY! Things that you can encounter in any major or semi-major metropolitan area! Funny how you’ve forgot to mention the great small town vibe while still being a large city, the great cultural diversity, the wonderful surroundings of cabin country, a steady economy, and oh ya, the excitement and support of actual hockey fans who care about their team with sold out arena for years to come and a wait list of 8000 plus fans just trying to get tickets

  19. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    I don’t think too many teams will be willing to overpay just to get Evander Kane. If Kane can’t focus on hockey while in Winnipeg, I doubt he’s going to get better in a bigger city where there’s even more distractions.

    Winnipeg’s in a tough spot too because they have a hard time attracting players to their team, so if they don’t get anything of value back for Kane it will be that much harder to fill the hole in the roster.

    Should be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

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