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Jets scratch struggling forward Evander Kane before game vs. Maple Leafs

Evander Kane has not delivered for the Jets despite signing a big deal before last season. (Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)Evander Kane has not delivered for the Jets despite signing a big deal before last season. (Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

By Mike McMahon

Just days after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Winnipeg Jets made a noticeable lineup change leading up to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with the decision to bench forward Evander Kane.

The 22-year-old was announced as a healthy scratch after he was not present in the team's pre-game warmups.

After taking an extended morning skate, Hockey Night In Canada speculated that the young winger might be a scratch. Jets head coach Paul Maurice did not reveal any lineup changes, but said any decision on Kane would be a "coach's decision".

The scratch comes during a tumultuous stretch for Kane, who is being also being sued of an assault charge stemming from an incident in August 2013.

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