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Evander Kane scores his 100th career goal

In what was the most entertaining hockey game at MTS Centre in recent memory Evander Kane scored the 100th goal of his young career. It was also his first of the 2014-15 season and gave him the Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the evening. The Jets would lose in a shootout to the Penguins.

Kane takes selfie with Beyak during broadcast

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane who is on the shelf with a leg injury, joined Dennis Beyak on the Winnipeg Jets TSN 3 broadcast during the Jets 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Since suffering his knee injury in the Jets season opener vs. Phoenix, Kane has been doing a bit of media work, interviewing his teammates for WinnipegJets.com.

Here are some of the memorable quotes from his venture to the broadcast booth:

On his injury:

“Rehab’s going really well, I’ve been working out with our strength and conditioning coach Craig (Slaunwhite). We’re really happy with the way things have gone, it’s really positive on that front.”

On a timeline for his return:

“I’m not too sure in terms of a timeline, but I think it’s been pretty positive and I’m happy with the way things have gone.”

On the disappointment of getting injured in Game 1:

“It was definitely disappointing, especially coming on the power play during my second shift. But I’m looking forward to being back and better than ever.”

On the keys to the Jets penalty kill that has been successful this season

“It all goes back to last year, we started to be a lot more aggressive. Coming into this season Charlie (Huddy) and Paul (Maurice) keyed in on being aggressive and pressuring up ice and trying to disrupt the teams breakout. Those will be big keys for us.”

On the Jets struggling power play that has yet to score this season:

“The guys have generated a good number of scoring chances, but haven’t been able to bury one. Once we get one they’ll start going in pretty quickly.”

Kane, who is known for his sense of humor joked about wanting being behind the bench:

“I asked Paul (Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice) if I Could Coach today, but they’d rather have me up here.”

 

Thanks to Dennis Beyak and @TSN_Sports for allowing me to join them up top!

A photo posted by Evander Kane (@evander9kane) on

 

On if he follows the CFL (Kane’s hometown BC Lions are in Winnipeg this weekend to play the Blue Bombers)

“I don’t mind it at all, I’m a bit more of an NFL guy but when there is a good game going on I don’t mind watching.”

On doing TV work:

“I don’t mind it, but we’ll see what happens, I’d like to coach, do a little bit of everything.”

The Winnipeg Jets have been quiet about specifics regarding Evander Kane’s injury, but more details will emerge once he is re-evaluated later this month.

Jets fans react to Evander Kane hit

Jets fans react to Evander Kane hit

Evander Kane, who had famously predicted a 50 goal season needed to have that type of year for the Winnipeg Jets to have any shot at the playoffs

The Jets playoff hopes almost went down in flames when Evander Kane and Mark Scheifele collided in the first period of the season opener at Phoenix.

Needless to say Winnipeg Jets had a natural reaction to this.

 

image courtesy of @YotesHereToStay

Evander Kane on The TEAM 1040

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane was on Matt Sekeres & Pete Schaad on The TEAM 1040 in Vancouver earlier today and danced around the question about wanting to play for the Winnipeg Jets.

Sekeres & Schaad: Evander do you want to play for the Winnipeg Jets anymore?

Evander Kane: Well, I think, uh I’m a Winnipeg Jet right now and um, you know there’s been speculation and rumors for the three years since I got there. You know, we’ll see what happens, and we’ll carry on as if I’m a Winnipeg Jet.

Sekeres & Schaad: There’s not a yes in there, and some Jets fans might say, why doesn’t he want to play for us?, or why isn’t he absolutely fully on board for playing for us?….you’re shaking your finger at me.

Evander Kane: I’m training hard and getting ready for this season, and last summer I didn’t have a full year of training due to some surgery I had, so I found it really important for him to start training early and get in the best shape possible for this season and that’s my focus.

Evander Kane on Winnipeg

 

Bob McKenzie on Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined The Drive with Dave Naylor on TSN 1050 earlier today and had this to say about the current situation with Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets.

“I think they’re going to have to think long and hard in the off-season how they are going to handle this, there’s no sense in knee-jerking a micro situation where obviously there was some degree of tardiness for something that cost him a healthy scratch.

 

They’re going to have to figure out, is he all in with us, and are we all in with him. We certainly indicated that by giving him the contract that he got. There’s no disputing he’s a very good player, a little inconsistent, goes long stretches where he doesn’t score at all, then shoots the lights out and at the end of the year ends up with really good numbers. For all intents and purposes a 30 goal guy, Tremendous speed and unbelievable athletic ability.”

“Is he 100% happy being in Winnipeg? People have always wondered. Is he too big for that market? That he needs to be in New York, or Vancouver. I think the Jets have always indicated that they wanted him to be a part of things, that’s why they gave him the contract. But, I think this summer both sides are going to have to sit down and decide where they’re at. Is he all in on the Jets? And if he is, are they all in on him?

 

Or, explore the market and find out, as a team that lacks depth. This is the thing, he’s a really good hockey player, and you don’t give away really good hockey players, and you sometimes don’t get back fair value for really good hockey players when you try to make that 3 piece move where you get a really good young player, a first round pick and a top prospect.

 

If Evander Kane requested a trade, that’s always been there percolating even for the last year, I’ve checked it out and I’ve always gotten the stock answer which is a stock answer, no he has not asked for a trade. That comes from his representatives, that comes from the team. It comes back to, was it formal? Was it nudge nudge wink wink?. You get caught up in semantics whether someone has or hasn’t asked for a trade. The question is as I said before, are they all in?”

“In the case of Kane, if Kane came out and said, yeah you know what; I’d like to move on. I don’t feel like the Winnipeg Jets would be like oh my god. They would say, that reflects more on Evander Kane, than it does on us. Andrew Ladd had a chance to leave and not be a part of the move to Winnipeg, and he was all in. Blake Wheeler, and Bryan Little had chances to do shorter term deals to ultimately lead down to the road to unrestricted free agency and they went all in instead. They haven’t so far had anybody in their group say get me the hell out of here. If Kane were to say that, they would point to that and say that’s more on Evander Kane than on us, we have had no problem with the rest of our players.

 

They’re steadily building towards something. They brought Mark Scheifele in this year who’s a real good player for them, filled a big hole in the middle, they’re still a little shy there. Olli Jokinen’s had a real good year but he’s one of the elder statesmen in the National Hockey League now and maybe they ask him to do too much on a nightly basis. Bryan Little’s a good player, a very good player, but not a pure number one centre and they don’t really have one of those guys. They’re a little thin in the middle, but they’re getting better all the time and they’re continuing to draft well and they’ve got some guys coming. I don’t think they’re at a position where they’ll make a quantum leap forward. But when I look at the Western Conference and look at the Winnipeg Jets, do I think they’re getting better each year? Yeah I think they are.”