Jets' Evander Kane favourites tweet that encourages trade to Flyers

Trade rumours are swirling around Jets left winger Evander Kane as the NHL draft nears. (Brian...

Trade rumours are swirling around Jets left winger Evander Kane as the NHL draft nears. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency/Files)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:24 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - Evander Kane is no stranger to attracting interest from other teams, but the talk of his possible departure is definitely picking up steam.

On Thursday in Philadelphia, as Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff met with the media in advance of Friday’s 2014 NHL Draft, Kane’s name and potential availability came up again.

That wasn’t a surprise.

Since the last time Cheveldayoff addressed the local media, there have been an abundance of rumours about whether the speedy power forward might be available for the right price.

But when Cheveldayoff was asked if Kane had requested a trade — a topic Kane himself refused to address late in the season — the Jets’ GM sounded rather annoyed when a simple denial would have probably put out the fire.

“These kind of questions are really unfair,” Cheveldayoff told reporters at a downtown hotel. “There’s lots of conversations that go on and I’m sure that there were different levels of frustration at different points and times for different players. From our standpoint, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet. I know there are obviously lots of different rumours and that out there.

“At this point and time, that’s how we’re going to proceed. As far as any (trade) demands, we’re working as normal.”

Kane only ramped up the speculation when he took to Twitter from his verified personal account (@EKane9JETS) on Thursday and favourited a Tweet from Dan Schmidt (@DanS_SotS) that said “Yes @RonHextall, bring us Evander Kane.”

Whether Kane favourited the Tweet accidentally (these things happen) or by design to rile up “the haters” and suggest he’d actually welcome a deal to the Philadelphia Flyers is unclear.

Either way, Kane removed the favourite later in the day.


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