<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>BREAKING: Evander Kane failed to show up for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHLJets?src=hash">#NHLJets</a> game in Vancouver, <a href="https://twitter.com/Sportsnet">@Sportsnet</a> has learned: <a href="http://t.co/PWsjYEwIl0">http://t.co/PWsjYEwIl0</a></p>— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) <a href="https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/563427676380487681">February 5, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Evander Kane has come into the NHL and has made his mark scoring 222 points in 361 games, including a 30 goal, 57 point season in 2011-2012.
But his rocky relationship with the Winnipeg Jets organization has seemed to reach a point where the team seems ready to move on.
Kane was a healthy scratch for the Jets' Tuesday matchup against his hometown Vancouver Canucks after he flew friends and family into town for the game. Oh, did I mention he played for the Vancouver Giants in his junior days?
Tim and Sid pointed out that this game could be a "Luongo Heritage Classic" scenario, where being scratched said game could be the straw that broke the camels back.
Why was he a scratch you may ask? Well as Gary Lawless reports, Kane was a scratch for wearing a track suit to a game. Yes, a track suit.
While some people look at this as trivial, a team rule is a team rule and Jets head coach Paul Maurice has every right to exercise that.
Kane is also noted for some outlandish photos which I would imagine hasn't sat with the Jets:
The whole Evander Kane situation reminds me of when the Boston Bruins traded away Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser. After seeing the success Seguin has had in Dallas, the trade is one that the B's will forever regret.
Despite these issues, Kane possesses elite level offensive talent and drives play very well with a 59.1 CF/60 this season. He is also known as a player who isn't afraid to mix it up and he's got some sandpaper on him.
Making the rounds
News first broke from Darren Dreger this morning saying:
Many questions around Evander Kane and the Jets. Some medical issues to be resolved, but teams are calling and Jets are listening...hard.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 5, 2015
It was followed by some interesting tweets from ESPN's Craig Custance:
Trying to think up fits for Evander Kane. You could have a win-now Pens team or team looking at future like TO, Ott, Calgary, Buff & Edm.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) February 5, 2015
And then again by Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
Surveyed some NHL scouts and feeling is that price on Evander Kane has dropped. One top asset could be enough to land him from #NHLJets.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 5, 2015
Jets announce Kane was meeting with team doctors...Told by Jets' source "Still many moving parts. Nothing imminent."— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) February 5, 2015
While there may be "nothing imminent", the trade deadline is less than a month away and if the Jets want to stay in a playoff spot it may be in the Jets best interest to get some quality pieces back.
Let's make a deal
As Luke Fox from Sportsnet pointed out, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had previously been believed to be asking for an A-grade asset plus another piece (a prospect, roster player or draft pick).
For a potential deal to financially make sense for the Edmonton Oilers, salary would have to be moved in order to take on the last four years of Kane's deal which sees him make a salary of $6 million.
While I don't want to mislead anyone, I could see a deal based around Jordan Eberle making sense for both sides.
The Oilers are embarking on a five-game road trip which ends on February 16th in Winnipeg.
What do you think the Oilers should do? Leave your idea's in the poll and proposals in the comment section.