Evander Kane had a bit of fun and caught some heat during the lockout for using a stack of money to mime making a phone call. Kane didn’t mind, however, and you can tell because now he’s using several stacks as weights.
Evander Kane is one of the most entertaining players in hockey. He’s fast, physical, and he’s certainly not boring away from the rink, which is why it’s no surprise to see the Winnipeg Jets winger doing pushups with stacks of money on his back. The photo, which comes from Kane’s Instagram feed, shows the 23-year-old in what appears to be his home looking out over the balcony and getting in a quick workout:
First thing's first, he's not going to get much of a workout. We question whether or not that's even a pound on his back. But in all seriousness, this is the same kind of thing Kane got in a bit of hot water over during the 2012-13 lockout and you can be certain he understands that and does not care. It’s the kind of thing the casual fan champions from time to time – players with personalities – but he’s sure to catch some heat for it from the local media, if nothing more. During his tenure in Winnipeg, Kane has taken fire for a litany of reasons and none of it has ever become a drag on his play. It’s not hard to believe that Kane is simply doing this because he knows it will make waves. He’s a showman and in his finer moments he’s universally loved. Look at the fight against Pittsburgh’s Simon Despres during Winnipeg’s game earlier this season where Kane was smiling the whole way through and pumping the crowd up after. It’s the kind of thing you’d want to see out of a player, some lighthearted fun, and photos like the one above are part of his personality – one that should be lauded for providing a little bit of levity to a game that is often taken too seriously. At the end of the day, if all Kane is doing is taking some ridiculous photos while he spends time away from the rink, is that really the worst thing? He's doing what every single young man his age does, except amplified because, well, not many 23-year-olds have the money to pull this off. Alas, there will almost certainly be a flood of stories about how the photo is irresponsible, reprehensible, and simply in bad taste. But such is the life of the NHL’s greatest media troll. He’s looking for the rise and he’s sure to get it, no matter how unwarranted.