- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: A day after Evander Kane posted his money stack tweet, Lawless thinks that Kane could be wearing out his welcome in Winnipeg.
Six years is a long time. At this rate, Evander Kane won’t live out the term of his contract as a member of the Winnipeg Jets.
Another day and another firestorm for Kane. It happens too often and if changes aren’t made by the player, the team will make its own changes and deal him.
Lawless also added:
They also point to a trend. Kane isn’t very coachable. On or off the ice. He’s a talent. But he’s also a problem — there’s no disputing that.
Teammates have tried to reach him on certain subjects. He doesn’t listen. If he wants to bring his girlfriend along on the road, he does so. Veterans have tried to hammer home that road games are business trips. Focus should be on the work. Kane does what he wants when he wants. He’s a teammate but not yet a good one.
Kane signed a 6 year, $31.5 million deal this past offseason. At the rate Kane is going, he won’t finish the contract in a Jets uniform. He has a decent cap number at just more than $5 million, and teams will be interested. The Jets won’t give up on Kane just yet, but if he doesn’t change, they may have to look at moving him.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Kyle Turris was on damage control after making some comments about his time in Finland that were posted in a Globe and Mail column earlier this week. Some of his quotes can be read here. Turris said the report was “a mischaracterization.”
“I read it for the first time and I was extremely upset,” Turris said after skating with fellow NHLers and university players. “It put a very negative characterization on my experience in Oulu. It was a great experience. I’m very thankful I had the opportunity to go. It was lots of fun. I talked to lots of guys and my roommate Jason Demers was a great guy.
“I learned a lot and like I said, I would go back.”
Turris said that the story left out many of the positives that he had in Finland.
“There were places where I didn’t like to eat and there were places that I loved,” he said Thursday. “It was dark, but that’s the way it is there. I enjoyed it. You find ways to adapt and that’s what I did.”
- Louis Jean via twitter: Mike Cammalleri no longer plans to play for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup.