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On the subject of Evander Kane, the Winnipeg Jets aren’t mad. It’s so funny that you’d think that. Indeed they’re actually laughing right now at the idea, that’s how silly it is to imagine that they’ve ever even once been mad online.
In reaction to some of Kane’s pointed quotes to Ken Campbell of the Hockey News, Jets forwards Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler among others downplayed the recent comments and defended the family-like atmosphere in the Jets room.
“We’re an open group and if we have any issues we take care of it as a group,” Ladd told reporters on Tuesday. “And we don’t have any issues.”
“So like I said we’re having a good time in here and we’ve moved on and maybe he should too.”
Because nothing screams ‘I’m over it’ like telling people you’re over it. Seriously though, when you tell someone you’re over it, it means you should stop drinking because you’re t-minus 15 minutes from a drunk dial…
Wheeler, who was occasionally critical of Kane in the press while the young forward was in Winnipeg, offered a similar, but toned down sentiment.
“Yeah it is (frustrating to be answering these questions),” Wheeler told reporters. “It is frustrating to have to speak to someone who is no longer with us. I think the one thing you’ll hear from most of the guys is that it’s too bad he feels that way from there. I’m not inside his head. If you want further comment you’d have to fly to Buffalo.”
It’s obvious that the Jets players don’t like this topic of conversation, and fair enough, they shouldn’t.
The Kane incident makes absolutely no one look good: not Jets management, not Kane, not the Jets players, not Jets coaches and not even Winnipeg’s hockey fans. At this point it’s probably best for everyone to just shut up.
Like a dumb Twitter fight, there are no winners, only upset people unconvincingly claiming to be ‘so over it’.