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Jets can’t let Kane situation fester much longer

Jul 9, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

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Kevin Cheveldayoff is willing to consider trade offers for Evander Kane. The Winnipeg Jets’ general manager said so at the draft in Philadelphia.

“If there’s a [player on the Jets] that a team has an interest in, my phone is open for a phone call,” Cheveldayoff said in response to a question about Kane’s status with the club.

And after yesterday’s “so we’ll see what happens” remark from Kane himself, one wonders if a few GMs around the league might be taking advantage of that open-phone policy.

But if Kane does want out of Winnipeg — and he sure didn’t deny he does — Cheveldayoff will no doubt want to achieve a couple of things with any trade.

1. The 2014-15 Jets can’t get significantly worse. Winnipeg has already missed the playoffs in its first three seasons since moving from Atlanta, and the Central Division is already tough enough. Which is to say, if Kane is traded, a good NHL-ready player better be coming back in return. A package of picks and prospects isn’t going to cut it. Too much uncertainty there. And too much pressure on Cheveldayoff to get results. Now.

2. That NHL-ready player better have a reasonably long future in Winnipeg. Kane, 22, is signed through 2017-18, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent. Which is to say, if Kane is traded, it can’t be for a guy who could leave town in a year or two. Nor can it be for a player who’s going to come to town and pout, a la Jeff Carter in Columbus.

Adding to the challenge for Cheveldayoff is the fact Kane doesn’t have the greatest reputation. For all the undeniable talent the former fourth overall pick possesses, there are questions about his attitude, and about how he gets along with teammates and coaches.

Whatever happens, the Jets can’t let this situation fester (to borrow a phrase from a team that had its own unhappy player) much longer.

As Kane said yesterday, “there’s been speculation and rumors for the three years since” he got to Winnipeg.

And as Cheveldayoff said at the draft, “there’s been lots of different rumors out there.”

The solution? Either Kane is traded or, if it’s not too late, the two sides reconcile and tell the fans they’re committed to each other.

Because it can’t keep going like this.

  1. stixzidinia - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I’m pretty sure 90% of the situation there has been created and stoked by the Winnipeg media. They’re going to run their best player out of town. And no team is going to trade an NHL: asset with such upside plus picks/prospects in a lateral hockey trade for Kane. Won’t happen. Winnipeg needs to realize it’s going to take time to build a contender.

  2. killerpgh - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Would a James Neal for Evander Kane or been a fair trade? When I first heard Neal got traded that was my hope. Seems like a fair to me.

    • claudegirwho - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      One bad locker room guy for another bad locker room guy? That’s what the pens are trying to stay away from right now. Kinda ironic how orpik said there was too much pressure in Pitt. Well good luck living up to your 5.5 mil dollar contract.

      • storminator16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        And there we go: have you ever heard any credible source about either Neal or Kane being “bad in the locker room”?

      • 950003cups - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        I heard it from my cousin’d best friend. He would know because his barber also cuts the hair of some guy who lives 5 doors down from a guy who once met a Winnipeg Jets season ticket holder. That guy told him that he once was in a bar drinking after a game, and the guy who drives the team bus for the Jets told him that he heard from one of the guys who loads the bags on the bus that he saw with his own eyes two former players talking among themselves about secretly about overhearing current players saying Evander Kane was “irritating”

        So, you want credible sources? It don’t get any more credible than that!!!!!!!!!

  3. ajsjr40 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Bruins have the roster players and prospects to make something happen. Shake up the spoked B with speed and power.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      So do the Sabres.

      • ajsjr40 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        But do the Sabres have a locker room that can maximize his talent? B’s veterans will not allow for any BS not so sure the Sabres have that presence.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        I think Murray would have traded for him already if he really wanted him. As for me, before last season’s trade deadline, I had never even heard of this guy before. Then again, considering how bad the Sabres were, it became very painful to watch them anymore.

    • darksidecowboy - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I thought the Bruins didn’t like the attitude of Seguin, now you guys want the saint that is Evander Kane? Shouldn’t of let Seguin go in the first place, but Dallas does thank you.

  4. withseidelinn - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    I’ve heard a rumour of Reimer’s rights, Lupul + other pieces for Kane. Not sure what the other pieces would have to be (prospect/pick, combination) but based on WPGs previous interest in Reimer, I could see some legitimacy to that.

    • habs9 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      well the Habs could certainly offer up Tokarski+ (that’d probably be more enticing than Reimer imo)

      i just know that since they lack a center they’d ask for TurtlePleks…….

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Winnipeg never had interest in Reimer, never. They have committed to Pavelec (for reasons unknown) & Hutch is the backup for next year – Reimer makes NO sense.
    Lupol is broken down. This trade makes zero sense for the Jets.
    I think Philly & Boston are two teams that have the pieces to make it happen & they make sense due to Kane favoriting tweets about him going there.
    I had suggested Simmonds & a 2nd/3rd round pick on the last post & a commenter said that was outrageous because “Simmonds is better”. Simmonds had more points last year .. but also played a full season to Kane’s 63 games. The previous 2 seasons Kane had better numbers than Simmonds & Kane scored 30 goals as a 20 year old, something Simmonds did not do.
    Kane’s ceiling is higher than simmonds but personally i would make this trade as Simmonds is a talented, hard working, professional kid. Kane is merely talented.

    • sizzle299 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Simmonds is not on the trading block, especially not for a problem child like Kane. Don’t know where you are getting this from. Relying on bare statistics doesn’t make it justifiable. Philly is overloaded down the middle and wants to move center(s) for winger(s). Plus the organization and fan base loves Simmonds and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wears the C down the road.

      • pavelfitzgerald - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        I never reported it as a fact or even a rumour – I had suggested it as a trade ..

        Bare statistics never tell the whole story but I was telling them to illustrate that Kane would be perceived to have more upside than Simmonds. Even being aware of that, I would make this trade (as a Jets fan) because Simmonds appears to be nothing but class, hard working & talented where Kane only has the “talented” part covered.

        I can understand why Philly fans or Hextall would not make this deal given Kane’s immaturity but it’s tough to deny that Kane’s ceiling isn’t higher or that isn’t at least inticing. He could pot a lot of goals playing with Giroux

      • flyerspsu - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        i agree w/ you pavelfitzgerald that Kane has more upside and ceiling but Simmonds is just not someone the Flyers would move, especially for just another winger who also has character issues

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Simmonds isn’t going anywhere. Thats been floated before and it was dead in the water. Smart money is on a Kane/ B.Schenn swap with some other player or pics going to the Jets.

      • justanotherphillyfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        Never gonna happen… Simmonds is untouchable after Giroux.

        Not a single GM would move Simmonds at this point in his career and totally not for a guy who acts immature and still needs to learn what professional hockey is about.

        IF Philly is gonna trade for Kane they will try to move Jake Voracek + something for Kane.
        The Jets probably won’t like it but we’ll see what happens if Kane stay a bit longer in Winnipeg :)

  6. rsl22 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    For a guy who’s broken the 20 goal and/or 50 point level once in 5 seasons, he sure does get a lot of attention. I’ve seen him play and he’s definitely a talented kid with a lot of upside, but he’s already making $6MM per season, has never played in a playoff game, and he allegedly comes with a lot of baggage.

    This sort of reminds me of Rick Nash: you have a guy who has done pretty well as a winger on a bad team and gets paid a lot of money to be unhappy. So you eventually trade him, and you start to improve in lots of areas that were sorely deficient while he was on the team.

    NHL GM’s never cease to amaze me with their poor decisions, but I would not be trading a lot to get him. If the Jets manage to get a nice combination of picks/prospects/NHL players in return for him, then they will have have won the trade hands-down.

    • storminator16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      “For a guy who’s broken the 20 goal and/or 50 point level once in 5 seasons, he sure does get a lot of attention”

      Watch him play when he is healthy. The attention is much warranted.

      • rsl22 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Mike Green is really good when healthy as well.

    • storminator16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      Mike Green hasn’t been healthy in a very long time, then.

      • storminator16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        And when he is healthy or not, he does a lousy job playing in his own end. To Green, playing “defense” means “take ill advised roughing penalties every now & again”.

  7. abouv1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Considering this has been going on his whole time in Winnipeg, there’s too much bad blood. Get him out of Winnipeg before you get nothing

    • missthemexpos - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Just ask Vancouver how it works when you hold off making a trade.

  8. AppealToReason - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    I have the feeling that Cheveldayoff has dragged his feet on this a bit, hoping it became less of a no-win situation and it hasn’t.

    It always seems as if he wants out every week. Not many players change their minds on this sort of thing. Once they say they want out, they want out.

    I have a hard time believing he hasn’t been able to work out a trade in 3 years or whatever its been. “Sorry Evander, you’re playing too well and no team will pay the sky-high price” and “Sorry, you’re struggling and no team will pay the sky-high price we want”

    I could see him being one hell of a fit in Long Island and they have enough forwards on 1ways to put together some sort of package.

  9. bowman20 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    If Philly trades Simmonds I’ll have a bunch of black n orange for sale! Not really but you don’t trade and all around workhorse that’s young. Especially if your new GM boasts keeping your young talent and building prospects/draft picks in the minors. I know to trade for Kane it’ll cost something, but Holmer has traded too much young talent just to see them become good/great hockey talents. Hextall doing it his first season in will just feel like disappointing déjà vu all over again.

    • rsl22 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      As a Caps fan, I sort of doubt Simmonds gets traded for Kane. I didn’t watch a ton of Flyers games, but he was always one of the best players on the ice in games against the Caps. Simmonds just seems like a Hextall/Philly player, and the kind of guy every team should want come playoff time.

      • pavelfitzgerald - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        I completely agree with you, I was merely suggesting it as a Jets fan because I’ve admired Simmonds from afar. The kid’s not only talented but classy, hard-working & a good team mate, all things that Evander sorely lacks.

  10. feedmetherock - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Well considering there isn’t a superstar type player in Winnipeg, or a veteran voice to provide guidance to Kane, I am not willing write him off. If you put him on a team with some actual supporting talent, a proven NHL coach, and some good veterans that are in their prime, I bet he would be elite. Winnipeg has a group of kids, and it doesn’t seem like they have that alpha-male type that is the true leader of the team.. like a Toews, Getzlaf, or a Parise/Suter

    • storminator16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      “Well considering there isn’t a superstar type player in Winnipeg, or a veteran voice to provide guidance to Kane…”


  11. djshnooks - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I guarantee a package of Myers, Hodgson and/or Stewart get it done for Buffalo.

    I’d give them Hodgson, Stewart and next year’s Blues 1st rounder…for Kane and a 2nd, or something small coming back.

    I can say I know for sure this has been talked about in Buffalo since trade deadline day. It was deemed a draft day move, but ultimately hinged on moving Myers for a 1st round pick, because #2 is way too much, and they want the 3 next year.

    • libeccim - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      If he’s unhappy in Winnipeg why on earth would he ever be a good fit in Buffalo?

  12. djshnooks - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Burmistrov could be the other piece in that deal, now that I see the next article.

    The Sabres had a Stafford deal lined up to get him from Winnipeg, but it fell through. Obviously that was Regier and Murray is now in charge…still worth keeping an eye on.

    • Andee - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      If they could turn Drew Stafford into Evander Kane, I’m 100% on board.

  13. bucfanforlife - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    how about the blues we have center depth and way too many forwards right now, start with Berglund and will give you jaskins or rattie and maybe another guy, we could use a few more goals
    backs- stas-steen

  14. 19to77 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Kane’s got career-highs of 30 goals, 57 points, is defensively poor and comes with a bad reputation. At best he’s demonstrated he’s a top-six forward. A fairly average one, by the numbers, and somewhat prone to bad penalties too. No GM is going to deal multiple good assets for a guy who hasn’t lived up to his hype or his draft position and has this ongoing narrative of conflict with the organization. They’re better off keeping him. Kick the tires with Vancouver and see if you can sucker them with the hometown boy angle I guess, but don’t expect it to go anywhere.

    • storminator16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      “A fairly average one, by the numbers, and somewhat prone to bad penalties too.”

      Not sure if you are talking about Kane or Shawn Thornton.

  15. bucfanforlife - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    taresenko- lehtera- Schwartz
    Berglund swap for kane-soby-oshie
    reaves-lappy-lindstrom then we still have the kids jaskin , rattie, paarjarvi , mcrae and the new goon McCarthy we have plenty of depth to deal from plus there the kid we drafted this year there is not room for everyone

  16. skeeterbarnes - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Deal him to Vancouver for Horvat, Tanev and a 2015 1st or 2nd round draft pick. Or swap in Shinkaruk for Horvat. That opens up possibilities to move Byfuglien as well–thus filling a potential need for help up front and possibly a real #1 goalie (in a trade for Buff).

    OK, OK…a guy can dream…

  17. scrouch - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    There isn’t a lot of pressure for Chevy to get results ‘now’. Jets fans would like that, but for the most part they also understand hockey. Chicago, St. Louis, Colorado, Dallas, Minnessota, LA, Anaheim, San Jose, and probably Nashville, should all be better than Winnipeg this season. And if they move Kane, whether or not they get a player back or picks, it doesn’t really lengthen or shorten that list at all. There isn’t a move that Chevy can make now which will improve the roster enough to give them an edge over any of the playoff teams. That will only happen through playing a very well structured game, getting much better seasons from a few defensive players, and getting much better goaltending. Everyone basically knows that they’re still trying to build their strength while a lot of teams in the conference are gearing up to make a run before their windows run out. I don’t think anyone with a realistic view of the conference expects the Jets to finish any higher than they did last season. Would be great if they did but the team would need to overachieve and have some others underachieve for that to happen.

  18. plazzman - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Sutter and Bennet for Kane and a 2nd rounder. Let’s see what Kane can do with either a Crosby or Malkin as his Center.

  19. ray2013 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    One question: why not trade buff and Kane and go right into tank mode? This is the year to do it. Get picks and prospects and get a shot at mcdavid?

    • ray2013 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Like a touch says; nobody is expecting them to win the Cup this year. If I was a Jets fan, hoping for an eighth place finish and two home playoff games is the best I could expect, why not roll the dice on an elite prospect in the #1 or #2 spot to hopefully go beyond an 8th place ceiling?

  20. rbbbaron - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Wow, didn’t know the guy is only 22. So he must have been like 18 when he dropped Cooke

  21. xx1111 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    This kid just needs a change of scenery.

    Im an Avalanche fan and would love to have him on our young squad..

    ROR wants to be the man and get paid. I doubt he cares where he plays as long as he is making lots of money. With Kane locked up reasonably for the next 4 years at 5.25 he would fit in perfectly on Duchene’s wing side with Iggy on the other. That would be an explosive line.

    Winnipeg gets an excellent 2 way center to be their “face”. The Avs have enough youth and veteran leadership i think Kane would thrive in Colorado. I would think the Avs would want the JEts to throw in something extra as centers are much more harder to find than wingers, more so a 2 way defensive center.

    Avalanche Line up

    Kane / Duchene / Iginla
    Landeskog / MacKinnon / Tanguay
    McGinn / Briere / Mitchell
    Bordeleau / Talbot / McLeod

    • blkeskimo1785 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      I’m an Avs fan too and realistically, this would never happen because of the fact that they’re divisional opponents.

  22. valoisvipers - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Chevy won`t get anywhere hear full value for Kane because he comes with baggage and every GM in the league knows he has to be traded.Not exactly dealing from a position of strength.

  23. rickscherger - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Armchair GM trades are hilarious. Its quite fun reading these comments and seeing what people think of the players on their team and which combination of those pkayers would get a deal done. Not sure there is on trade on this board that would make sense for, you know, the team holding the guy being talked about. Arent teams lining up to obtain the rights to James Reimer?

  24. ajsjr40 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Seguin wears a skirt Kane wears boxing gloves. ‘Nuff said.

    • pj608 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Gretzky couldn’t fight nor could messier or Mario Lemieux for that matter…. They didn’t make it very far in the league any way. Too bad they didn’t wear those “boxing” gloves.

      ‘Nuff said.

  25. pj608 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    He is welcome in NJ that is for sure… I don’t know what would be a qualifying offer but I’am sure something could get done. He is a great player and had good skates. If NJ were to make a deal here i think everyone of the NJD organization and fan base would be thrilled.

  26. multiplemiggs - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    hahahha idiot buffalo fans

  27. multiplemiggs - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Is Radek Bonk still available?

  28. spr41 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I dunno but there seems to be a lot of similarities between Yakupov and Kane and how their respective teams are unhappy with both talented players and their play on the ice. A change of scenery would seem to be beneficial for both players. Maybe Kane for Yaks and draft picks or prospects? Kane, RNH, Eberle and Perron, Hall (at C until Draisaitl is ready), Purcell would be ridiculous. Throw Yaks on 2nd line with Scheifle behind Little, Ladd and Wheeler and that might work. Thoughts?

    • pj608 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      Putting Kane on a team like Edmonton would not benefit him at all…. Kane needs a good two-way team like LA NJ CHI NSH MIN COL. Something along those lines and Yakupov i think just needs some veteran forwards around him…. Maybe even a different coach that can settle him down a bit. I think Edmonton needs a new coach regardless if he stays or goes. I watch that team sometimes and in between whistles and time outs it looks like the players just twittle their thumbs and nod their heads when he talks. They need structure and discipline…. along with some decent defenders. I know they got young guys coming up but they could of used a guy like Josh Gorges or even Brooks Orpik for that matter. Get some grit on that team. Its all just speed and finesse. They need someone like Brandon Prust or something. Start bruising some bodies to open up more ice.

      If i were Edmonton i would Trade Yakupov for a good defenseman and a guy like Bollig or someone along those lines even Dwight King. They have so many good shooters and play makers. Grit is the one thing missing from that team.

      • pj608 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Ship them to Boston… That will either make or break them iam sure.

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