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Cheveldayoff was ducking and dodging Evander Kane questions today

Jul 11, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

Kevin Cheveldayoff AP

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was once again on the defensive when asked today about the future of Evander Kane in Winnipeg.

Reporters asked for the umpteenth time — has Kane requested a trade?

And for the umpteenth time, Cheveldayoff wasn’t sharing.

“If I answer every question or every rumor or every speculation about whether a player may or may not have asked something or may or may not have said something, I’d be answering those all day long,” Cheveldayoff said, per the Winnipeg Sun. “Evander’s a Winnipeg Jet and that’s how we’re moving forward.”

Which is exactly what he said at the draft in Philadelphia. (“From our standpoint, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet. There’s been lots of different rumors out there. At this point in time, this is how we’re going to proceed.”)

Of course, the draft occurred before Kane went on the radio in Vancouver and passed up an opportunity to say he wanted to remain a Jet. Which is why reporters were all over Cheveldayoff again today.

How much longer can things go on like this?

Good question.

Related: Jets can’t let Kane situation fester much longer

  1. upper90cheese - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    This leads me to believe the Jets asking price is simply to high. There is no way an organization like the Jets wants this type of kid around. He is too talented to fit into that boring-a$$ system.

    Hopefully Chevy lowers his demands so we can stop reading about this on PHT.

    • elvispocomo - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      A real possibility that their price is high. I can see why they’d want a ransom in return, but with the rumoured issues between the team and Kane their price will have to come down to a more reasonable level.

    • blomfeld - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      May God bless Gary’s efforts to ‘assuage’ Canadian angst by supporting this ‘troubled’ cause …

      signed, SC Champion LA Kings Nation :) :) :)

  2. ray2013 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Dump Kane for picks and prospects and an overpriced contract. Dump Buff for the same. Start off the “tank for McDavid” season with a solid start. (Can we come up with a clever nickname for tanking for McDavid?)

    They’re not challenging for first, so they should be trying for worst.

    • sizzle299 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      No need to start off “tank for McDavid” season, it’s already in full swing, I think the Sabres’ GM set the bar quite high [read: low] in that regard when he publically opposed making the anti-tanking rules more strict.

      • travishenryskid - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Murray didn’t oppose lottery changes, he just argued that they should start in the future because they know who is being negatively affected. Everyone knows where the Sabres, Flames and Nashville’s are in their cycles, so having rivals cast votes to change the odds gives them a competitive advantage. Also, 1st round picks for 2015 had already been traded at an expected value, so to change the odds after trades had been made changes the value of the trade that was agreed upon. These are real issues that have nothing to do with tanking. If they changed the odds a year out, none of these things would be an issue.

      • sizzle299 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        travis that’s a weak argument. He did oppose the changes for this coming season, aka, the “Crumble for Connor” season [love the name]. You can’t say he didn’t oppose them for what is actually the issue here. We’re talking about teams losing on purpose to get better players, that’s at best a scumbag move and at worst cheating. That’s what the league wants to cut out, and for good reason. Competitive advantage? We’re not talking about “competition”, unless its competition to try to lose the most games. There is no “expected value” because the value is not determined until the games are played- and as of now they have not been. It’s a cheaters argument. Feel free to disagree, and there are plenty of people that do-and apparently have no qualms with their team embarrassing itself and losing on purpose to get better players.

      • sdsabresfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        That’s ridiculous, sizzle. Acquiring Gionta, Moulson and Gorges is tanking!? Murray actively made the Sabres a better team during free-agency. The 2015 first round picks he acquired have no value? This draft is predicted to challenge the 2003 Draft as one of the best ever. The higher picks one has, the more value. All Murray was saying is make these changes a few years out so recently acquired first round picks retain there value. How is that cheating? Where were the accusations when it was “Fail for Nail”? The fact that the NHL puts the policy in effect the year before the most-hyped prospect since Sid came out is suspect, at best….

      • travishenryskid - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Embarrassing themselves? Losing on purpose? It’s where they are in their cycle. There does have to be a last place team. In fact, their has been a last place team every season, ever. Mind blowing, I know. But I challenge you to show me ONE move that points to “tanking”. They had a bad team, and their best veteran players were not helping them reach the playoffs and we’re also approaching free agency. Justas any team would have done, they traded their UFA veterans for maximum return. It would have been irresponsible, neglectful and a fireable offense not to do this. The last time the Sabres got a top 2 pick was 1987, and they’ve only had three top 10 picks since then. So if you are going to whine about the Sabres cheating and tanking, you sound like a fool who doesn’t have a clue what you are talking about.

      • ray2013 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:30 AM

        The fail for nail wasn’t tanking. They legitimately sucked.

        As for the rest of it, it’s no coincidence that they picked this season to change the rules. McDavid ranks much higher than any draft pick in some time. The urge to tank is most obvious this season, and we would probably see some pretty horrendous tankjobs.

        Back to the Jets, even if they weren’t #1, the depth of next year’s draft makes it an advantageous time to tank.

    • desertfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Mc David would be the next Lindros at the draft!!!!!

    • skoivu10 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      @ray2013. How about Crumble for Connor?

      • puregreed - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        Lose with honor, playing for Connor.

      • ray2013 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        The crumble for Connor. Let’s see if it catches on!

  3. patthehockeyfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    “… ducking and dodging … ”

    Considering the subject of the questions, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say, “bobbing and weaving”?

  4. elvispocomo - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Something’s got to happen with this at some point. Either both sides commit and say as much, or they move him.

  5. quinner17 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Get rid of that pain in the ass…also fire the GM cuz he never does anything

  6. sizzle299 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Kane has foolishly decreased his value by showing he lacks the maturity to close his mouth and worry about the game. I don’t see him as someone coming into camp motivated if/when a deal doesn’t get worked out. Clearly this is impacting the offers teams are making on him (why wouldn’t it) and its not enough to pull the trigger for the Jets. In the end he is hurting himself and his team.

  7. quinner17 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    “Mc David would be the next Lindros at the draft!!!!!”

    I’d love to hear the reason why you think that

  8. canada2014gold - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    He’s going to be in Van because he’s from Van. Don’t you guys know that’s how it works.

    • rmccleary97 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      No, no, no – he’s going to Toronto, because *everyone* wants to play in Toronto.

  9. obamareallysucks - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    Kane is lazy and feels entitled. Just like Obama.

  10. joeman26 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Bartkowski & Marchant for E Kane

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