Hull of a question
Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency
|Evander Kane plans to ask Bobby Hull for permission to wear No. 9 with the Jets. (BRUCE BENNETT/AFP-Getty Files)
WINNIPEG - Some might call it a bold move for Evander Kane.
As it stands right now, the Winnipeg Jets winger is planning to wear the No. 9 made famous by The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull — provided he can get his permission.
“It’s almost like asking a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage,” Kane told The Vancouver Province. “I’ve read somewhere on Twitter that he had done an interview and said that he wanted me to wear it proudly. I don’t know if that’s true or not. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to speak to him soon. If he doesn’t have an issue with me wearing it, I’ll do my best on and off to live up to wearing that number. If I have to change, I’ll change.”
Kane wore the number throughout his junior career with the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League and in his first two seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers.
Jets co-owner Mark Chipman said at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft that he expected Kane to wear the number and the team’s official website currently has him listed as No. 9.
If Kane, who had 19 goals and 43 points in 73 games last season, does end up switching, he’s said on twitter that he’ll go with No. 19.
TALKS CONTINUE: Defenceman Zach Bogosian and the Jets continue to work on hammering out a new contract.
Bob Murray, the agent for the Jets’ lone remaining restricted free agent, said Wednesday he had little to report but that negotiations are progressing and he remained confident a deal was on the horizon.
Bogosian, 21, had five goals and 17 points in 71 games last season and already has three full NHL seasons under his belt.
“There’s no urgency, but we’ll find a way to get it done,” said Murray.
During his chat with reporters on Tuesday, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff also seemed encouraged.
“Those talks will continue and they’ve been good,” said Cheveldayoff.
COACHING SEARCH: Cheveldayoff also said Tuesday that interviews for the Jets’ search to round out their coaching staff were ongoing and an announcement would be made either later this week or early next week.
One of the names who could be on the list of candidates is Tim Hunter, who has 13 seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL on his resume.
Hunter spent the past three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and also coached with the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals.
DEPTH SIGNINGS: The Jets announced Wednesday that their American Hockey League team in St. John’s had signed seven players to contracts, including Marco Rosa, Winnipegger Kevin Clark, Shawn Weller and defenceman Travis Ramsey, all of whom suited up for the Moose last season.
Former Brandon Wheat Kings captain Shayne Wiebe, Michael Kirkpatrick (Saint John Sea Dogs) and John Albert (Ohio State University Buckeyes) were also signed.
The Jets are bringing in Mark Morrison as an assistant coach in St. John’s to work alongside Keith McCambridge. Morrison spent the past five seasons as the head coach of the Victoria Salmon Kings.