Evander Kane will undergo shoulder surgery; out 4-6 months

Thomas Drance
February 06 2015 10:55AM

It would seem that Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane will not be traded before the deadline as he's opted to undergo a surgical procedure to fix his injured shoulder instead, the club announced Friday:

Kane had been playing through a variety of ailments of late, and the injured shoulder in particular was likely to require surgery following the season, according to Winnipeg Free Press reporter Gary Lawless

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What return should the Jets expect from Kane?

Garret Hohl
February 06 2015 10:00AM

When it comes to on-ice results, Evander Kane performs pretty well. He is a twenty-three year old top six talent and under contract for three more seasons.

Kane is young, good at hockey, and signed with term, a combo that GMs covet. While destiny is never certain, it does look like The Natural's days as a Jet are numbered. 

UPDATE: Kane will undergo shoulder surgery and is expected to miss four-to-six months as he convalesces. 

What should the Jets expect in return for the young power forward?

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Winnipeg Jets are set up for the future: Goalies

Garret Hohl
February 06 2015 08:00AM

It's one thing to be good, it's another entirely to be good and young.

I wrote an article in the Winnipeg Free Press last Saturday, saying that underlying metrics say good things about the 2014-15 Winnipeg Jets. The Jets' strong numbers --such as in score adjusted Corsi percentage (SAC%)-- are a positive sign. While points and wins show where a team stands at a single moment, shot metrics are important because they better predict how a team will perform for the remainder of the season.

There are seven teams in the NHL who currently hold a better SAC% than the Winnipeg Jets. The real kicker though is only the Tampa Bay Lightning consist of a younger average roster.

The Jets' youth has not just been passengers, but have driven a lot of the success as well. In this series we will look at the Jets depth in each position, while specifically focusing on those under 25 and making a NHL impact.

Today we turn to the final bastion of defense: those crazy enough to take 30+ frozen pucks to the body a game.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 06 2015 06:30AM

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Evander Kane problems, Zack Kassian problems, Tyler Bozak potentially on the move, trusting Oilers media, Flames trade speculation, a Fantasy Hockey cheat sheet and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Report: Kane generating lots of interest, but injury status is key

Thomas Drance
February 05 2015 07:46PM

In a week that's mostly been filled with bad news for the Winnipeg Jets, here's a ray of sunshine: as it turns out, despite all of the Evander Kane drama, a whole host of NHL teams would reportedly be very interested in acquiring the 23-year-old power forward in a trade.

Though a lot of that interest will be dependent on Kane's current injury status - and the Jets placed him on Injured Reserve on Thursday following a meeting with doctors - it does make it more likely that maybe Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff can net a decent return for the controversial forward.

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