Evander Kane stays mum on trade talk after healthy scratch
Evander Kane's tumultuous time in Winnipeg continued with a healthy scratch over the weekend. When asked if he wants a trade, he chose not to answer.
The latest addition to all of the hubbub about Kane and his future with the Jets came over the weekend when Kane was a healthy scratch in Toronto. When asked what he needed to do to get back in the lineup, coach Paul Maurice didn't give a very enlightening answer but it was telling nonetheless: "Probably just come to the rink."
Add that to all of the other issues -- dine and dash accusations, money phone, a recent civil law suit for alleged assault -- and previous rumblings about the relationship with the franchise just not working out, you have a recipe for a lot of trade speculation.
Kane, who is going to be back in the lineup on Monday night, wasn't willing to discuss that speculation or say if he'll ask for a trade.
Evander Kane asked if he wanted to be traded? "I'm here to answer hockey questions, in terms of the game tonight." #NHLJets— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) April 7, 2014
Of course some will see the lack of a denial but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt in this case and not read much into a no comment. But this won't be the last you hear about any potential trade, whether Kane asks for one or not.
There is no denying Kane's abilities, it was in 2011-12 that he was a 30-goal scorer. But this season hasn't been as smooth with just 17 goals and 22 assists in 60 games amid all the other off-ice stuff.
Keep in mind too that Kane has another four seasons left on his contract that he recently signed that pays him a relatively modest $5.25 million per year given his potential as a big scorer. Even with the perceived issues -- real or not -- there would undoubtedly be some teams willing to take a chance should it come to that.
Figuring out what to do with Kane, whether it be keeping him or trading him, will be just one of a couple big questions the Jets will face this offseason, another early offseason. The other will be with goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who is once again having a brutal season in net.
Here is video of Kane meeting the media on Monday and we'll leave it to you to decide how he's feeling these days.
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