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:
Coach Maurice announces Kane needs surgery on his shoulder. The usual timeline for recovery is 4-6 months.— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) February 6, 2015
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.
February 06 2015 10:00AM
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?
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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February 06 2015 06:30AM
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.
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.