It took Kevin Cheveldayoff exactly 1,335 days to make his first NHL player-for-NHL player trade as GM of the Winnipeg Jets. Suffice it to say that once he finally got around to it, he swung for the fences.
Given that it had taken him almost four years to make a swap of significance, and given that Evander Kane is out of the picture for the rest of the season, most would have expected the most methodical GM in the league to take his time with this transaction. But just a week after the Kane situation imploded, Cheveldayoff and his counterpart Tim Murray rained players and prospects. Read more
Early this morning, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Buffalo and Winnipeg were working on a trade that would send Evander Kane to the Sabres. Shortly after McKenzie broke the news, colleague Darren Dreger reported details of the deal.
According to Dreger, the deal sees the Jets ship Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and unsigned goaltender Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux and a first-round draft pick. Read more
Dustin Byfuglien has done it all this season short of strap on the pads for the Winnipeg Jets this season. Tuesday evening he added to his incredible season with an incredibly important overtime winner.
With the Jets and visiting Minnesota Wild tied at one in overtime, Byfuglien read a pass back to the blueline perfectly, deflecting the pass attempt up ice and past a sprawling Marco Scandella. Byfuglien took off down the ice on a 2-on-1 with teammate Blake Wheeler, looked off wheeler, and buried the winner off the pipe and in. Read more
Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien has been in the news a lot recently thanks to his unique methods of doing laundry, but let’s not forget his impact on the ice for the Jets. The mammoth defender has been back up at the wing recently and tore it up offensively on the weekend, but does he actually like playing forward?
Recent reports of discord between winger Evander Kane and his Winnipeg Jets teammates sent a jolt throughout the NHL. It also sent the rumor mill into a frenzy of speculation suggesting the 23-year-old’s days as a Jet are numbered.
Kane’s health, however, could throw a monkey wrench into any plans to move him by the March 2 trade deadline. The club announced Friday he was undergoing shoulder surgery which will sideline him four-to-six months, effectively ending his season. But his injury status failed to dampen trade chatter. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston said placing Kane on LTIR doesn’t prevent a trade, claiming some still believe he could be deal by the March 2 trade deadline. Read more
This week in the NHL will be remembered as Evander Kane week.
Kane began the week as a healthy scratch in his hometown of Vancouver as the Winnipeg Jets lost to the Canucks 3-2, then news surfaced that the forward broke the team’s dress code by wearing a tracksuit to a mid-day team meeting, which then turned into a much larger story involving an altercation with teammate Dustin Byfuglien, who tossed the tracksuit into the team’s showers.
Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour used to love the practical jokes that are such a big part of hockey culture. He recalled that when he was with the St. Louis Blues, players would often light team broadcaster Dan Kelly’s newspaper on fire during team flights. Think about that for a minute.
Guys would dunk doughnuts into wax that looked exactly like glaze. Or pump Vaseline into the jelly filled ones. But the best one Gilmour ever witnessed occurred when Gilmour played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1990s. Read more
The Jets Thursday placed Evander Kane on Injured Reserve retroactive to Feb. 2, but after the revelations of discord in the dressing room between the winger and other members of the team, the winger may have played his final game in a Winnipeg uniform.
If that’s true and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff pulls the trigger on an off-season deal that sends Kane out of town, what teams would be the best fit for him? Here’s our best guess:
5. Boston Bruins. The veteran-laden Bruins are in win-now mode, and their struggles to score could be addressed in the summer with a deal for Kane. To work under the salary cap, the deal would almost certainly need to include someone (say, a Brad Marchand), but in a major city like Boston, Kane could disappear away from the rink and use that relative anonymity to get back to the 30-goal plateau he reached in 2011-12. Read more