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Report: Kane had run-in with teammates prior to scratching

Winnipeg Jets v New York Rangers

Winnipeg Jets v New York Rangers

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What a surprise -- there’s more to the Evander Kane story than just a guy who broke the dress code.

From Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston:

...multiple sources familiar with the situation have since indicated that Kane was not on the team’s bus to Rogers Arena and then missed a pre-game meeting. Repeated attempts to reach him were unsuccessful until approximately an hour before puck drop, when Kane answered his cellphone and said he wouldn’t be playing against the Canucks that night.

Earlier in the day, the 23-year-old winger is said to have had a run-in with teammates.

Kane wore a track suit when the Jets players gathered that morning — a violation of team policy. Following a brief workout and stretch, [Dustin] Byfuglien is said to have thrown those clothes into the shower to send a message to his teammate, according to sources.

That was the last the Winnipeg players saw of Kane until the team’s charter flight home.

Here’s a link to some video of the Jets commenting on the situation, featuring some interesting comments from Byfuglien.

“We got so much stuff going on around here, this is just a little thing,” he said.

Like what?

“We could go for days.”


The Jets are winless in their last five heading into tomorrow’s home game versus Chicago.