Even after the Evander Kane saga ended in Winnipeg with his trade to the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year old is still creating headlines in the ‘Peg.
Kane, who has recently been sidelined for 4–6 weeks with an MCL injury, was the subject of a new profile in The Hockey News and held very little back about his time in Winnipeg.
“Yeah, I asked for a trade every off-season,” Kane said in the interview. Kane was often under constant scrutiny in Winnipeg for everything from his production (He went from a 30-goal campaign in his first season in Winnipeg to 19 goals in his next full season) to his off-ice social media posts. Kane suffered through injuries during his time in Winnipeg, including a broken ankle, a broken hand and a torn labrum in his shoulder.
It’s probably safe to say that Kane never really worked out as planned with the Jets and in the interview he outlines his own issues with playing in Winnipeg.
“I’m sacrificing my body playing through pain, doing everything I can to help that team win … knowing guys don’t have my back,” Kane told THN. “I feel the organization doesn’t have my back, and you feel underappreciated.”
Jets coach Paul Maurice was asked to comment on Kane’s remarks on Monday.
“We did play with a lot of injuries, but if you can find me a player that I've ever coached that I came out and said, ‘Boy, this guy’s playing with a broken ankle and I really appreciate it,’ I’ve never said that,” Maurice told reporters. “I would never talk about a guy’s injury.”
In eight games with the Sabres this season Kane has one goal, three points and is minus-5.