Breaking News:

Puck Daddy

Brief history of Evander Kane trade request denials with the Winnipeg Jets

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View gallery

.

Getty Images

On Thursday night, a CTV Regina sports reporter named Julie Stewart-Binks ("Alice Cooper's No. 1 fan.") wrote that Evander Kane, the Winnipeg Jets' star forward and current restricted free agent, wants out:

"According to inside sources, Evander Kane has asked for a trade from the Winnipeg Jets. Wants to be face of franchise... But Jets 2011 First Overall pick Mark Schiefele (sp) will likely be the face of the franchise."

This is, as they say, airtight logic.

Of course Mark Scheifele will likely become the face of the franchise based on his seven NHL games, in comparison to Kane's 30-goal season.

And why wouldn't a player of Kane's abilities demand a trade to a place where he could be come the face of the franchise; places such as … uh … er … does any franchise out there need a face at the moment? Is he forcing a trade to Columbus?

So to the surprise of no one, the report was shot down. Just like it's been every time an Evander Kane trade request has been reported.

On the most recent request, it was Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press that sunk it:

View gallery

.
This isn't the first time we've gone down this road with Evander Kane.

October 2011

At a time when the alleged tension between Coach Claude Noel and his Jets players was under scrutiny, rumors flew that Kane wanted out. His agent Craig Oster denied it:

"Neither he nor us have talked about a trade. Evander is very excited to be in Winnipeg and about his future with Winnipeg."

Kane also issued a denial: "The story started on some blog. I haven't even read it. I don't know what to think. I haven't asked for a trade and I'm happy where I am and I expect to be here for a long time."

January 2012

A cluster-bomb of coverage on various accusations and insinuations about Evander Kane, including skipping out on restaurant bills and his suffering a concussion in an off-ice incident. Kane denied it all, telling the Toronto Star that media coverage in Winnipeg is "a lot different" than in Atlanta. "This kind of media attention is to be expected here in Canada. All eyes are on you. It's fun."

This messy mess didn't result in a trade request rumor at the time … but would become part of a larger narrative for Kane in the summer.

June 2012

Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS didn't say Kane requested a trade. Just that he didn't want to be a Winnipeg Jet anymore.

View gallery

.
Once again, it was Oster, denying the rumor on the Illegal Curve Radio Show.

The IC also had Darren Dreger of TSN on, saying the following in late June:

"No, I don't (think that Evander Kane is on the trade market). I base that on what I saw today, and what I saw today was Don Meehan, Craig Oster (Kane's agents), Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets meeting here in Pittsburgh, and beginning the process.

"This was an introductory meeting, I know they spent some time dispelling the rumor out there and all the speculation that this guy wants out. There's no perfect fit for any player, I don't know that Evander Kane has any issues, real tangible issues with the Winnipeg Jets. I kind of doubt it, given that there has been a negotiation here, at least one that's starting."

In July, it was reported that Kane and Jets were working on a John Tavares-level contract.

• • •

Does the fact that discontent seems to haunt Evander Kane indicate that he actually does want out?

Tough to say. It's clear that Kane didn't have the sunniest first season in the 'Peg, from his injury to the incredible scrutiny he faced off the ice. (When's the last time an NHL star had to address rumors he stepped out on restaurant bills?)

That he hasn't signed with the Jets yet shouldn't be seen as an indication of anything — hell, Ryan O'Reilly hasn't signed with the Avalanche either, and it's not like the expiration of the CBA doesn't play a role in this either.

But how many more "Kane wants out" stories are we going to see? Do they end when a new contract begins?

View Comments (20)
  • Reichelt leads Austrian World Cup downhill sweep

    Reichelt leads Austrian World Cup downhill sweep

    GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- Hannes Reichelt led an Austrian sweep of a shortened downhill race on the Kandahar slope for his 10th career World Cup victory on Saturday. Reichelt, the super-G world champion, had been quickest in both … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Knicks say former player Anthony Mason has died

    Knicks say former player Anthony Mason has died

    Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. New York Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason's death, which was first reported Saturday by the New … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Murray scores twice and sees red as Palace beat West Ham

    Murray scores twice and sees red as Palace beat West Ham

    By Tom Hayward LONDON (Reuters) - Crystal Palace maintained their revival under new manager Alan Pardew with a 3-1 Premier League victory at West Ham United on Saturday -- their fourth win in seven matches since their former midfielder took charge. … More »

    Reuters - 24 minutes ago
  • Ex-New York Knick basketball player Anthony Mason dead at 48 -ESPN

    Ex-New York Knick basketball player Anthony Mason dead at 48 -ESPN

    (Reuters) - Anthony Mason, a former player with the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, has died at the age of 48, ESPN and other media reported on Saturday. One of Mason's sons said earlier this week that his father's health was … More »

    Reuters - 36 minutes ago
  • UPDATE 1-Ex-New York Knick basketball player Anthony Mason dead at 48 -ESPN

    (Adds detail about Mason's career) Feb 28 (Reuters) - Anthony Mason, a former player with the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, has died at the age of 48, ESPN and other media reported on Saturday. One of Mason's sons said earlier … More »

    Reuters - 38 minutes ago