Posts Tagged ‘Evander Kane’

Top Line: Is home ice a disadvantage?; trouble with P.K. Subban; more links

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David Backes and the St. Louis Blues

David Backes and the Blues might want to reconsider the value of chasing the Presidents’ Trophy. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• A nice bit of outside-the-box thinking here from veteran reporter Dave Hodge who offers a fresh take on home ice advantage for the Stanley Cup playoffs. I wonder how many organizations, if given this option, would take it?

• Ted Bird says Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has every right to come down hard on P.K. Subban.

• Elliotte Friedman says Evander Kane is too valuable for the Winnipeg Jets to give up on but after the winger copped an attitude about his benching on Saturday night, it’s fair to ask if their bridge is worth repairing.

• Barry Petchesky says the failures of the Maple Leafs prove the genius of advanced stats. I still take issue with the unshakable faith placed by some people in proxy numbers like Corsi, but until the NHL decides to track actual possession time, we’re not going to hear the end of it.

• GM Steve Yzerman’s tenure in Tampa Bay has seen its share of problems — the Martin St. Louis situation and last season’s playoff DNQ come to mind — but there’s no denying that he has the Lightning on the right path. The four-year extension he was awarded on Monday is proof of their faith in his approach.

• What was Vancouver’s problem this year? Jason Botchford has John Tortorella’s answer in this outstanding edition of The Van Provies.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Top Line: Hurricanes to fire Kirk Muller?; Subban’s best; more links

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    Kirk Muller, who became Carolina’s head coach in November 2011, may be on his way out soon. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Larry Brooks covers a lot of ground in this week’s Sunday column, including his disdain for fans who rip Martin Brodeur for sticking around too long, a familiar name who could replace Mike Gillis in Vancouver, and an inevitable coaching change in Carolina.

    • Here’s one more reason to love P.K. Subban. Or, for some of you, one reason to love P.K. Subban.

    • Kevin Allen bravely takes on the fool’s errand of predicting the wild card races in the wake of last night’s whiplash-inducing action.

    • It’s a good thing the Leafs chose not to give fans the sweaters off their backs at their home finale. Otherwise this might have happened on a night when the crowd was more venomous than ever.

    • Is Evander Kane on the outs with the Jets? After he was listed as a healthy scratch for last night’s game, there’s obviously a bridge that needs to be repaired…or burned to the ground.

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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • Jets scratch struggling forward Evander Kane before game vs. Maple Leafs

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    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”.

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  • Published On Apr 05, 2014
  • Top Line: Canucks face big choice; David Letterman’s hockey top-10; more links

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    Coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks

    Coach John Tortorella may have the edge if the Canucks must choose between him and their GM. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    Canucks GM Mike Gillis made one thing clear about his team’s future in a shockingly frank interview on Vancouver radio yesterday: ownership needs to choose between retaining him or coach John Tortorella. Given that Torts was hired by owner Francesco Aquilini, Gillis is probably expecting that his neck will be the one in the noose.

    • Whoever is left to call the shots might need to cut loose one of Gillis’ mistakes.

    • “It’s been long time no play; I forget I’m hockey player.” Welcome back, Pavel Datsyuk!

    • A Top-10 list of David Letterman’s greatest hockey moments in honor of his announcement on Thursday that he’ll retire from his long-running TV talk show in 2015.

    • With five losses in their past six games, the fading Philadelphia Flyers are in danger of losing their grip on a playoff spot.

    • The Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a franchise first in extending Philly’s misery.

    • The St. Louis Blues set a record of their own on Thursday night. Naturally, coach Ken Hitchcock wasted no time popping the balloon.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • Are desperate Winnipeg Jets moving Dustin Byfuglien back to forward?

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    Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel and Dustin Byfuglien

    His Jets in a death spiral, coach Claude Noel is trying to get Dustin Byfuglien’s attention. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s no secret that the Winnipeg Jets are in a tailspin, playing some of their worst hockey since moving to Manitoba from Atlanta three years ago.

    They’ve lost four straight, prompting talk of blockbuster swaps or the firing of coach Claude Noel as the means of getting the team back on track before it’s too late.

    But with cap issues strangling the trade market and Noel seemingly immune to accountability for the team’s consistent failings, the Jets might be looking in a different direction to change their mojo:

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  • Published On Jan 09, 2014
  • Top Line: Cup final Game 2 prep; Jet Kane’s homophobic slur; more links

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    Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins

    Bruins rookie defenseman Torey Krug is eager to atone for his costly Game 1 gaffe. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • That Game 1 marathon is already forgotten, at least according to what the players were saying during Thursday’s press conferences. The focus now is on Game 2.

    • “It really was a great hockey game,” said Boston coach Claude Julien, but now it’s time for the Bruins to turn the page.

    • The versatility to play the game any way they need to is Chicago’s trump card as the series moves on.

    • Our own Stu Hackel looks at some things the Hawks and the Bruins could try to do in Game 2.

    • He was too much for the Bruins to handle in Game 1. Turns out that Andrew Shaw is a handful in the locker room as well. There are plenty of stories like this one out there today, and they offer some insight into what appears to be a colorful kid. What you won’t find is a piece where Shaw talks about himself. For some inexplicable reason, he wasn’t made available to the media the day after scoring the goal that ended the fifth-longest Cup final game in history. Can you imagine that happening in any other sport? Just another solid effort from the NHL.

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  • Published On Jun 14, 2013
  • With Andrew Ladd leading the way, Jets remain in playoff hunt

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    Captain Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets

    With two Stanley Cups on resume, Andrew Ladd knows what it takes to win. (Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel offered an interesting take on leadership the other night.

    “It’s a funny thing,” he said. “Everyone has some portion of leadership in them. The question is, is anybody following you? They follow Andrew.”

    Andrew, of course, being Andrew Ladd, the wrecking ball on skates who has carried Noel’s Jets much of this season, but never more obviously than over this final, desperate charge for the playoffs.

    He’s set the tone down the stretch with his grim determination and timely scoring, willing Winnipeg to four straight wins that have moved the Jets into a virtual tie with the Rangers for the final playoff spot in the East.

    Ladd, a 6′-3″, 205-pound winger who plays much bigger than that, was at his beastly best in a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, scoring the opening goal, assisting on the second, and tallying the third before clinching the desperately needed extra point with a beauty in the shootout.

    “He really took charge and led the way,” said teammate Evander Kane. “He couldn’t have put it on display any better. [He's] showing the guys he’s here to win.”

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2013
  • Penguins host Jets, looking for 14th consecutive win

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    Sidney Crosby

    The Jets and Penguins last met on Feb. 15 in Winnipeg, with the Pens winning, 3-1. (Travis Golby/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The Pittsburgh Penguins return to the ice tonight in search of their 14th consecutive win, but it’ll be another couple of weeks before the World’s Greatest Team assembles in all its glory.

    The Pens will be without Kris Letang for at least another week after the defender broke a bone in his foot against the Canadiens. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury also is nursing an injury suffered against the Habs. Reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin is a game-time decision after missing nine games with an upper body injury. And Jarome Iginla, acquired in the season’s biggest trade early Thursday morning, is out pending resolution of work visa issues. He could play Saturday, but the holiday weekend could push his debut into next week.

    HACKEL: A sad day in Calgary

    But even without that quartet of All-Stars, the Pens are well situated to stretch the NHL’s longest winning streak since 1990. The defense, which has allowed just nine goals over Pittsburgh’s last nine games, could get a boost from the debut of Douglas Murray. The hard-hitting defender, acquired earlier in the week from San Jose, will skate on the second pair with Matt Niskanen and should see some time on the penalty kill.

    Brenden Morrow did line rushes with James Neal and Malkin during the morning skate, and worked the second power play unit with Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis ahead of his second game with the Pens.

    Tomas Vokoun will get the start in net.

    The Jets are firming up their position in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, building a six-point lead over their Southeast Division pursuers after a 4-1 win in Carolina on Tuesday. Evander Kane fired six shots to add to his league-leading total and broke a lengthy slump with a goal and three assists in the contest, and linemates Olli Jokinen and Nik Antropov also tallied. The Jets need this trio to contribute with some consistency to take pressure off Andrew Ladd’s line, so they’re hoping that game sparks their confidence down the stretch.

    Winnipeg got top blueliner Tobias Enstrom back in the lineup two games ago, and he tallied in both contests. Partner Dustin Byfuglien has racked up 10 points in his last nine games. They could draw a heavy workload tonight with Ron Hainsey and Mark Stuart expected to miss the contest.

    The Jets are playing their best hockey on the road this season, running up a 10-6-2 mark.

    Al Montoya, making just his seventh appearance of the season, gets the start for the Jets.


  • Published On Mar 28, 2013
  • Top Line: Kane talks racism, internet explodes over Cousins story, more links

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    Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets

    Evander Kane of the Jets has been a lightning rod for controversy this season. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • So apparently Evander Kane was talking about social media, not Winnipeg when he threw down the racism card. I’m thinking he’s probably not through with having to explain himself.

    • Don Cherry on Kane: “When you act like he acts… if his name was O’Shaugnessy, he’d still get criticized. To say it’s racial is ridiculous.”

    • Better news out of Winnipeg: Zach Bogosian could make his season debut tonight for the Jets.

    • Here’s the story on Philly prospect Nick Cousins that started it all. And here’s part of the backlash. I don’t think every story about Cousins needs to mention in the lede that he’s been accused of rape, but Frank Seravalli clearly missed a more interesting column on the pervasiveness of attitudes like Ian Laperriere’s.

    • David Clarkson continues to prove the doubters wrong in New Jersey. One week after my Team Canada roster prediction post, I’m ready to make a change. At this pace, Clarkson is definitely in the mix. He might be the NHL’s best ugly-goal scorer.

    • Jonathan Quick could use a strong game against Columbus to rebound from last weekend’s devastating loss to Detroit. Watching him play, you have to wonder if he’s 100 percent after off-season back surgery.

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  • Published On Feb 15, 2013
  • Top Line: Latest on Erik Karlsson’s injury, Kane plays race card, more links

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    Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators on the ice after suffering an Achilles injury.

    Erik Karlsson’s Achilles tendon injury was a huge blow to the gifted player and his team. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Erik Karlsson’s gruesome injury means the season’s already over for Ottawa.

    • Evander Kane plays the race card. Yeah, this is going to end well.

    • Families are tearing themselves apart…over Winnipeg Jets tickets.

    • Here’s the great Dave Stubbs on the the maturation of Carey Price and his partnership with goaltending coach Pierre Groulx. Meanwhile, Jack Todd wonders if the Habs are tough enough to assert themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

    • The four entities involved in getting NHL players to Sochi for the 2014 Olympics meet today in New York.

    • Good guy Andrew Brunette finally made his retirement official and took a new job with the Minnesota Wild as hockey ops adviser.

    • Rookie center J.T. Miller plays his fifth game for the Rangers tonight. Will it be his last of the season?

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  • Published On Feb 14, 2013


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