Report: Evander Kane was scratched over sweat pants

Thomas Drance
February 04 2015 09:09PM

In the wake of Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice making forward Evander Kane a healthy scratch for mysterious disciplinary reasons in his hometown on Tuesday night, the internet busily concocted all manner of insane rumours to explain what Kane had done to deserve his punishment.

As it turns out, we were all sweating the small stuff. We were all sweating sweat pants actually.

Kane was reportedly scratched for a dress code violation when he showed up for a midday team meeting in sweats rather than a suit, according to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press. They must have been the world's most offensively tacky pair of Kappas, since they could threaten Kane's future with the Jets.

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Healthy Scratch Reax: The fallout

Thomas Drance
February 04 2015 06:53PM

On Tuesday night, Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice decided to discipline forward Evander Kane for a vaguely defined infraction. He opted to make Kane a healthy scratch for a key game against the Vancouver Canucks. 

This isn't the first time Kane has been disciplined in this manner during his Winnipeg tenure, and it's far from the first time that he's found himself in the centre of controversy. 

Let's round up some of the reaction from around the hockey world.

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A former NHL player's perspective on scratching Evander Kane

Thomas Drance
February 04 2015 04:37PM

I've never played hockey at a high level. I've never been in a locker room setting that's even nearly as competitive, professional, or adult as what you'll find around the NHL. I mean, I've been in NHL locker rooms after practice or after games with press credentials, but that's hardly the same thing.

My experience informs my perspective, obviously, and much of my perspective is based on interacting with and understanding the significance of the underlying numbers. From that perspective, when Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice decided to scratch Evander Kane on Tuesday, which forced him to play Dustin Byfgulien at forward, he shot his own team in the foot. The Jets lost and are now officially reeling, having gone winless in five games since the All-Star break.

There's another perspective here though, and I thought it might be useful to present it. After all, as reliable as things like Corsi For percentage and shot rate can be in predicting future outcomes, hockey is a game played by imperfect human beings. 

So I reached out to Nation Network contributor Jason Strudwick, a defensive defenseman whose professional hockey career spanned 15 years and included nearly 700 games played at the NHL level. Interested in a former NHLer's take on what happened in Vancouver on Tuesday? Click past the jump for more. 

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Why Evander Kane is a top-6 forward

Garret Hohl
February 04 2015 02:32PM

Earlier today Gary Lawless said a few things about Winnipeg Jets young forward Evander Kane during an appearance on TSN 1050. Some of what he said I agree with, and some I don't.

Let's get into it.

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Winnipeg Jets are set up for the future: Defenders

Garret Hohl
February 04 2015 10:00AM

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 those roaming the blue line.

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