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Evander Kane’s agent says the Winnipeg Jets left-winger and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff have spoken regarding Kane’s interest in playing elsewhere.
In the wake of the latest controversy in a somewhat rocky relationship, agent Craig Oster was asked if Kane and his camp had ever asked Cheveldayoff for a trade. Oster didn’t deny it.
"It’s something that Kevin and Evander have addressed multiple times in the past several years, and I’ll leave it at that," Oster said. "I think in response, Evander is a Jet and will continue to be a Jet until his contract is not renewed or he’s traded."
The Newport sports player representative said in a second conversation later Friday that what he meant by "addressed multiple times" was both Kane and Cheveldayoff have addressed separately and in public the question of asking for a trade.
They have addressed it, and nobody’s ever denied it. In fact, Jets sources said Friday the idea there was a conversation between the men about a trade is not untrue.
In his conversation with the Free Press earlier Friday, Oster said he doesn’t expect Kane will be talking to media or fans in the near future, given that surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder is scheduled for today with the club surgeon Dr. Peter MacDonald.
Recovery time following a serious procedure will be involved and despite the reports of a rift or dispute between Kane and one or more of his teammates, Oster doesn’t think much more needs to be said.
"I think it’ll be in the past," Oster said.
Oster was adamant the events of Tuesday in Vancouver, when Kane was made a healthy scratch by Jets coach Paul Maurice, do not amount to a crisis or a rift within the team.
"I’m not aware of anything," Oster said. "A lot of that is speculation. I don’t think speculation is healthy or productive and I don’t have any evidence of that."
Oster explained Kane’s ongoing medical issues should not be confused with anything else that happened this week.
"Pete (MacDonald) has been involved on all the occasions with this discussion and assessment of Evander’s health," Oster said.
"He did some imaging last summer and at the time they decided they’d try to rehab through the summer and come back and play through it. It got progressively worse, to the point of it (Kane’s shoulder) coming out of the joint in the game in Philadelphia (Jan. 29). He said it came out twice in that game but he finished it and played again in Calgary, and there he talked to the staff about getting another examination. It led to the decision that the surgery is required."
The normal recovery time for this surgery is four to six months, Maurice told reporters after Friday’s game-day skate.
He said the other circumstances and the timing of the choice for surgery was "a question for Evander."
Kane was placed on the injured reserve list Thursday, retroactive to Tuesday.
As Oster wasn’t shedding much light on the events in Vancouver, the Jets were closing ranks around their dressing room on Friday.
"Yeah, I think he is," Jets alternate captain Mark Stuart said, asked if he considers Kane a good teammate. "Right now... I know you guys love this stuff, which is fine. It’s your job. But, and I’m not trying to insult you guys, but you have no idea what goes on in this room. You may hear stories once in a while, but that’s the way it should be. Things shouldn’t be getting out.
"Stories are going to get out and you’re going to hear some stuff, but day-to-day and over the last three or four years, you guys really have no clue, so it’s hard for you guys to make judgments."
Jets captain Andrew Ladd said: "What happens in the room stays in the room. It’s not getting out. And that’s my answer."
Defenceman Zach Bogosian was just as adamant.
"Well, I’m going to say it now and I’ll say it probably five more times, what happens in the room stays in the room," he said.
Stuart did refer to Kane’s situation as "dealt with."
But he didn’t offer specifics.
"What’s happened, we’ve dealt with it," he said. "And right now we’re concentrating on playing. What he has going on will work itself out and we have to concentrate on Chicago tonight."
Maurice also repeated Friday he was the one that chose to scratch Kane Tuesday and he’ll offer no other explanation because he doesn’t feel it’s required.
"I have the option of telling you everything that I know and I control the spin," Maurice said. "Or, I have the option of handling it the way I want the hockey team to handle it and protect everybody.
"Evander Kane is a Winnipeg Jet and so is every other guy in that locker-room. Evander Kane not playing was my decision."
The coach later said he wished the story had not become so public.
"I wish that it hadn’t gotten out to the media," he said. "I don’t believe we’re responsible for inviting you all into the locker-room like that. There are things that the players handle and there are things that I handle. This was one that I handled.
"Players know what happened. I know what happened. That’s the decision I made. I also know going forward that’s the same decision that’s going to happen to any one of them."
The coach was asked if anyone on the team has been punished as a result of this incident.
"Oh, I wouldn’t tell you that," he said.