Cross Checks: Evander Kane
October, 25, 2012
By Sarah Goldstein | ESPN.com
- Patrick Kane is heading to Switzerland with his mother to play for EHC Biel, and he hopes the exodus of North American-born players to Europe will pressure some owners to accelerate CBA negotiations. (Chicago Sun-Times)
- Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would not reveal if he talked to any of his players during the 48-hour window allowed by the league, but Johan Hedberg said, “To be honest, I didn’t really know about it. I can say I did not take advantage of it.” (The Star-Ledger)
- Jets forward Evander Kane was suspended for one game in the KHL or a hit against Avangard Omsk’s Nikita Pivtsakin. (TSN)
- After criticizing Nazem Kadri's fitness level, Marlies coach Dallas Eakins is singing the praises of the Leafs’ prospect. “He has been excellent the last three weeks or so,” Eakins said of Kadri. “I wanted him to bring his commitment up a little bit more, from his nutrition to his work in the gym to his work ethic. … He’s made great, great strides.” (Toronto Star)
- Fact was separated from fiction in the new Pat Burns biography, “Coach: The Pat Burns Story,” to reveal a portrait or the man who overcame a difficult childhood to become a successful NHL coach. (Montreal Gazette)
- Former Islanders were surprised to hear the team was moving to Brooklyn and hoped the memories they created would move with them. (Newsday)
- T-shirts are already on sale to commemorate the Islanders move to Brooklyn, even though the team won’t be there until 2015. (New York Daily News)
October, 2, 2012
By Sarah Goldstein | ESPN.com
- Still recovering from offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries, Ryan Kesler must report to Rogers Arena every weekday morning and will still be paid his full salary until cleared for action. (The Vancouver Sun)
- The NHL should begin cancelling regular season games this week with the schedule slated to open on Oct. 11. (USA Today)
- Evander Kane has found a number or ways to combat boredom during the lockout – like going to football games and playing in a recreation hockey league – but it is the financial advisor he hired that will really help him deal with the work stoppage. (New York Times)
- Manny Malhotra said the league’s initial offer to cut the players’ revenue from 57 percent to 43 percent still angers the players and, “it did some good for us in terms of solidarity and where we stood – that’s for sure.” (The Province)
- Sabres coach Lindy Ruff would rather see his players in Europe than at informal skates in Buffalo. “My feeling is if you can play, play, whether you’re half a world away or not,” Ruff said. “Playing’s a good thing. You can keep your skills sharp.” (Buffalo News)
- Flyers’ Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen were among a group of players skating in Voorhees, N.J., across from the Phantoms’ practice. (Courier Post)
- Ryan Smyth and Taylor Hall have been skating with the Edmonton Oil Kings since most of the group they were skating with left town. (Edmonton Sun)
- Cody Franson signed in Sweden this season, but his agent his optimistic a deal could get done with the Maple Leafs once the lockout is over. (Toronto Sun)
- Red wings head coach Mike Babcock and assistant GM Jim Nill watched most of Detroit’s AHL affiliate the Griffins’ first practice on Monday from the stands. (mlive.com)
- Bob Hartley didn’t hesitate in fighting to give Steve McCarthy a professional tryout with the Abbotsford Heat after watching the defenseman in the Swiss league last season. (Calgary Herald)
- Season-ticket sales for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies are up 74 percent from last year and the team expects a 15 percent increase in attendance. (Toronto Star)
September, 11, 2012
By Sarah Goldstein | ESPN.com
- Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov told the Philadelphia Inquirer that "As you can see, I'm skinny and prepared."
- Logan Couture told the the Mercury News he is fully recovered from shoulder surgery he had on May 1.
- Evander Kane isn't professing his love for Winnipeg while contract negotiations are ongoing, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to be a Jet, according to the Winnipeg Sun.
- Matt Hendricks and the Capitals announced their support for the "You Can Play" campaign with Hendricks taping a public service announcement for the project, according to The Washington Post.
- The Florida Panthers' arena has been re-named BB&T Center, according to The Miami Herald.
- Habs defenseman Josh Gorges spoke out against the owners on Monday, telling reporters, "As players we want to play. More than anything, the desire to play is what's guiding us. The owners, on the other hand, seem determined to impose a lockout. And so the players are going to use every tool at our disposal to stop them. Nothing is more destructive to bargaining than a lockout."
- Leafs GM Brian Burke said the threat of a lockout killed the trade market this offseason, preventing Toronto from putting together the best roster to play new head coach Randy Carlyle's style, according to the National Post.
- Sabres owner Terry Pegula wouldn't go into details about CBA negotiations because he didn't "want to lose draft picks," but said that there would be no lasting effect of the current animosity between players and owners, according to The Buffalo News.
- With the NHLPA executive board meeting scheduled for next week, 12 to 13 Predators' players are expected to be in New York, according to The Tennessean.
- Daniel Sedin wasn't very optimistic about CBA talks, telling The Globe and Mail, “I’m like anyone else: We’re too far apart right now to really be optimistic. But you never know, there’s four, five days to get things started. We’ll see what happens.”
- Jets captain Andrew Ladd told the Winnipeg Sun he has looked into playing in Europe this season in case there is a lengthy lockout.
July, 24, 2012
- More than a month after being traded to the New York Islanders, Lubomir Visnovsky filed a grievance with the NHL players association contending his no-trade clause was still valid and the Anaheim Ducks did not receive permission to trade him, according to Newsday.
- Shea Weber's agent Kevin Epp said he has no idea whether or not the Nashville Predators will match the offer sheet Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Epp added that the process may be slowed down because of they size of the Predators' 10-person ownership group. Weber is said to be anxious to have this resolved and has not spoken to the Predators since signing the offer sheet, according to the paper.
- The Winnipeg Jets offered Evander Kane a six-year, $29 million contract and the forward is thinking over the deal with his camp, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Talks between the two sides have been "creative and flexible," according to the paper.
- Mark Flood will play in the KHL next season, but he said he would prefer to be playing in the NHL, according the Winnipeg Sun. Flood told the paper he only signed with the KHL after realizing he wasn't going to get the deal he wanted in the NHL. “I haven’t been over there (to Europe) before and you hear some mixed reviews about it, so I thought I would try it out,” Flood said, according to the Sun. “We’ll see what happens and hopefully it works out. By no means am I shutting the door on the NHL."
- The Red Wings are close to signing Kyle Quincey and hope to avoid arbitration with the free agent defenseman, GM Ken Holland told The Detroit News. Negotiations are also going well with Justin Abdelkader, which is why he did not file for arbitration, according to the Detroit Free Press.
- Coyotes GM Don Maloney said it might be weeks before Shane Doan makes a decision on where to sign but the team does not mind waiting, according to The Arizona Republic. Maloney also told the paper the team has "regular communication" with Doan and is confident they can re-sign him.
- The Red Wings made "a hell of an offer" to the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash, but Columbus appears to have no interest in trading their star forward to Detroit, according to mlive.com.
- Predators GM David Poile said he talked to Shea Weber's agents on Monday about the team's future and hopes to talk to them again this week, according to The Tennessean.
- The Jets are working on a long-term deal with Evander Kane that could lock up the forward for up to six years, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
- The city of Edmonton is looking for ways to reduce the cost of building a new arena, but Mayor Stephen Mandel wants to make sure that quality isn't sacrificed, according to the Edmonton Journal. “We have heard time and again from citizens they don’t want us to build something for crap ... I think it’s important for council to make a decision for 30 years, not 35 minutes,” Mandel told the paper.
- Chris Mason decided to sign with the Predators because he wanted to be on a winning team instead of one that was rebuilding, and he said Ryan Suter's departure hasn't made him regret his decision, according to The (Nashville) City Paper.
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