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Columnist: Character issues make Jets’ Kane a bad fit for Predators

Jul 21, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators have been a team in need of better offense for a while now, but if you’re hoping the team calls about Evander Kane, one Nashville writer says it’s a good idea to reconsider.

Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean pondered the thought of the Predators acquiring the offensively skilled Kane from the Winnipeg Jets and points to off-ice issues as a reason to not pick him up.

Sadly, character is an issue for Kane, which is exactly why the Predators shouldn’t go after him.

The Predators took on reclamation projects in James Neal, Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy this summer. They don’t have room for another.

Ouch. Cooper points towards Kane’s activity on Twitter as a reason to steer clear.

Kane’s “money phone” call to boxing champion Floyd Mayweather as well as him favoriting a tweet that advocated his trade from Winnipeg drummed up a lot of attention from media in the Manitoba city. Kane’s appearance on a Vancouver radio show also drew attention as he said, “I’m a member of the Winnipeg Jets… We’ll see what happens.”

Kane is a lightning rod for attention in Winnipeg but the Jets have put up with it because he has top-level talent. Would he be a similar “distraction” in another city? There’s only one way to find out, but chances are he’d be able to hide out a little better in Nashville.

  1. quinner17 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    He needs a reality check….he’s not yet an elite player and even then 99% of those players aren’t D-Bags like him

  2. no - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    columnist: words

  3. elrock7 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Don’t think he has the proper mental make-up to get to the next level. It would be a dumb move to give the jets what they would want for him.

  4. crazemastercraze - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Seems believable at this point. If he’s so high talent, why hasn’t a team put together a package to get him yet? Though I guess teams have taken a chance on d bags like Avery and Carcirello.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      If you’re talking about Daniel Carcillo, that’s totally apples and oranges. Carcillo’s issue is bad/questionable on ice-decisions related to hits, not effort or attitude.

  5. enzod91 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Sharp + Rosival +Ryan Hartman for E. Kane

    • tas750 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Enzod91 Are you serious?!? The importance of team chemistry and a great locker room are so underestimated in the world of sports. Ask the Vancouver Canucks about Kesler, they got better just by getting rid of his doom & gloom attitude. Sharp is the longest tenured Hawk, anybody replacing him will be looked down apon. Evander Kane would destroy our locker room and team chemistry, keep him out of Chicago! Fyi Kane has stated he would love to be back in Van, played his juniors there.

      • enzod91 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Sharp has got to go either this summer or next….Saad will replace him in the top six and his 6mil cap hit is one of the reasons the Hawks have 65 mil tied up in 15 players for 2015/16..The hawks just cant afford to pay everyone especially with Saad, Kruger, Leddy and Oduya getting new & bigger contracts next summer…replacing him with a 22 year old Power Forward that can skate, shoot, and hit is a great move. One month with Captain Serious and the rest of the leadership group would set him on the right path.

      • robocop3999 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        #truth bro. Look what happened in Philly with Richards and Carter. They were traded because of character issues. No Matter how good you are, you cannot be a bad character in the lockeroom.

      • enzod91 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        robocop3999 that isnt a great example bc Carter and Richards just won their 2nd stanley cup..if anything that shows that players can change for the better with a new city and new locker room..

  6. raleighcaniac - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Kane’s act might be more anonymous and thus tolerable if he were in a big city US market like NY.

  7. avscup - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    So much mud slinging but nothing concrete. He’s a young kid that needs mentoring. Nothing more. Look at all the issues with young players in the NFL, NBA, MLB. Drug arrests, DUI, assault, etc, and we are talking about perceived bad radio interviews and tweets? Get real.

    What are the character issues? Seems like he plays hard and is a good team mate.

    I don’t trust news from a newspaper columnist. Especially Nashville when we are talking hockey. Gossip about music, maybe but Hockey? What is being said in Winnipeg?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      The problem is he’s stuck in a city that will scrutinize every wrong move, but thus far he hasn’t actually DONE anything wrong. He’s been accused of stuff, and he has said or done things in bad taste, but now all of a sudden he’s a lightning rod for criticism and he can’t even sneeze the wrong way without everyone jumping all over him. I’m convinced a change of scenery will help the kid out, though perhaps in a non-Canadian market, and moreover I’m certain he’ll do well wherever he ends up too. The kid can fly, score, and fight. I can understand why Chevy would be loathe to let him go.

      • avscup - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        I think he would look good in an Avs sweater. ROR can enjoy the finer things in Winnipeg.

      • avfanforlife - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Please be joking Avscup.

    • deathbyspl - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Winnipeg is where all the mudslinging is coming from. Cooper is just saying if it’s true, then right now is not the right time to make a trade for Kane unless he comes without giving up much.

  8. mysonzdad - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Kane is also known for not paying his tab…he’s not a popular teammate…on the plus side he can score…sometimes on the ice too

  9. rsmaggiemae - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    This kid has got to grow up fast….
    I get the impression of him that he thinks his sh-t doesnt stink and it does.
    Grow up,play the game to the best of your ability, get along with your fellow players and remember there is no I in team

  10. mrminkus - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Kane is an incredibly talented and hard working player, who simply does not want to be in Winnipeg. Move him to a city he does want to be in, and most if not all of his behavioural problems will disappear. Sadly for Nashville, I doubt Evander sees that city as being any better than Winnipeg. Philadelphia, New York (Rangers only, Islanders need not apply), LA, Toronto, maybe Vancouver…

    Of course, it’s pretty safe to assume that Kane’s preferences will play no factor in where he is traded… no NTC, which means highest bid wins.

  11. plazzman - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    “Character issues” or immaturity? This kid is only 22 years old, thrust into the spotlight and has had tons of money thrown at him. He’s never been arrested, suspended or failed a drug test. So he’s acted immaturely and done some stupid things…so what! Tlter Seguin supposedly had “character issues” too and look at him now.

    Let the kid grow up before he’s demonized.

    • govtminion - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      The Seguin comparison is a good one, but stop for a moment and consider what changed for him first. He got traded away from a Cup-caliber team (one that he got a ring playing for) to a team that, prior to his arrival, wasn’t exactly a playoff powerhouse. It was a message to him just as much as it was a trade for the teams, and to Seguin’s credit he heard it and adjusted. The result is that Dallas has a hell of a setup going thanks to Seguin finally becoming the player that Boston always hoped he’d become.

      So, perhaps that’s what Kane needs. Trade him somewhere else, see if that same message gets through to him the way it did on Seguin. Maybe it will, and he’ll make some team happy the way Dallas is now. Maybe he’ll end up being an uncontrollable twit in his new city the way Sean Avery was in… er, Dallas, now that I think of it. Either way, it’s not working in Winnipeg, so for all involved it’s probably time to part ways and see what happens somewhere else. (I like the idea of sending him to Colorado for O’Reilly, and seeing if playing alongside guys like Iginla and Briere does the trick for him- to say nothing of playing for a low-tolerance coach like Roy).

  12. JerseyGirl - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Umm. Don’t his ‘character issues’ make him a bad fit with just about every team in the league?

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