PHILADELPHIA - Evander Kane didn’t sound like someone who was just shooting down a rumour for the sake of hoping it would go away.
The Winnipeg Jets left-winger was adamant on Thursday morning that reports of him wanting out were simply untrue.
“I haven’t asked for a trade, I’m happy where I am and I expect to be here for a long time,” Kane said before the Jets faced the Philadelphia Flyers to open a seven-game road trip. “I guess people in social media come out with stories and spread rumours. I stay away from that kind of stuff. I can’t speak for anybody but myself.
“Rumours are rumours and that’s what they are. Unless you hear it from the horses mouth, that’s the only time it’s true.”
The twitterverse was all aflutter on Wednesday afternoon when reports surfaced that Kane had asked Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff for a trade.
“I haven’t asked for anything from Chevy and (Wednesday) was the first time I had heard of it as well,” said Kane, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. “I got off the plane (in Philadelphia) and had a bunch of different messages and I had no idea what was going on. I talked to my agent (Craig Oster of Newport Sports) and asked him if he had any idea of what was being said. We were both surprised by at and it’s completely false.
“It’s part of hockey industry. You’re in a Canadian city, you’re under the limelight, people want to say different things and create a spark, create some attention for themselves and that’s what happens.”
One of the other suggestions was that Kane was having some issues with Jets head coach Claude Noel.
Both denied any sort of rift on Thursday.
“No, I have the same relationship (with Noel) as most guys do in the dressing room,” said Kane, 20. “I’ve been getting better and getting through a bit of a slow start to the season.”
“The first I heard of it was (Thursday) morning and as far as I’m concerned, I have a good relationship with Evander,” added Noel. “I don’t see where it’s coming from. But if he or I have any issues, we deal with things head on here. I haven’t had to deal with Evander. He’s been good.”
In fact, Noel has rewarded Kane in the past few games by using him on a unit with Alex Burmistrov and Nik Antropov and the third-year forward has responded well.
“The last few games he’s played with some real physicality and energy and he’s been real good for us,” said Noel. “We’re trying to teach him, along with others, is the best and most efficient way to play to be an effective player.”
The Jets continue a seven-game road trip on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
NOTES: The Jets announced that they’ll be holding a skills competition on Nov. 15 at MTS Centre.
Among the events scheduled are: hardest shot, fastest skater, puck control relay and accuracy shooting.
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