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Cheveldayoff was ducking and dodging Evander Kane questions today

Kevin Cheveldayoff

Kevin Cheveldayoff speaks at a news conference during which he was introduced as general manager of the relocating NHL team, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)


Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was once again on the defensive when asked today about the future of Evander Kane in Winnipeg.

Reporters asked for the umpteenth time -- has Kane requested a trade?

And for the umpteenth time, Cheveldayoff wasn’t sharing.

“If I answer every question or every rumor or every speculation about whether a player may or may not have asked something or may or may not have said something, I’d be answering those all day long,” Cheveldayoff said, per the Winnipeg Sun. “Evander’s a Winnipeg Jet and that’s how we’re moving forward.”

Which is exactly what he said at the draft in Philadelphia. (“From our standpoint, Evander is a Winnipeg Jet. There’s been lots of different rumors out there. At this point in time, this is how we’re going to proceed.”)

Of course, the draft occurred before Kane went on the radio in Vancouver and passed up an opportunity to say he wanted to remain a Jet. Which is why reporters were all over Cheveldayoff again today.

How much longer can things go on like this?

Good question.

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