The mystery of why Evander Kane was a healthy scratch when the Winnipeg Jets visited the Canucks in Kane’s hometown of Vancouver on Tuesday may be solved.
Then again, maybe not.
Kane’s transgression on Tuesday, as it turns out, was fairly was minor. He broke dress code, arriving at the rink for a midday team meeting in sweats instead of a suit. By gametime, Kane wasn’t a player.
Jets coach Paul Maurice scratched Kane from the lineup and after the game called it a coach’s decision. This is the second time Maurice has made Kane a healthy scratch for disciplinary reasons. The coach has rules and he expects his players to follow them and there are few exceptions. The margin of error for a repeat offender such as Kane is thin. So he got benched.
There has been no shortage of speculation as to why Kane was kept out of the lineup in what amounted to a 3-2 overtime loss for the Jets.
On Wednesday, for Rivalry Night, hockey insider Bob McKenzie said what was occurring between the Jets and Kane was a “bizarre situation,” suggesting there was a belief Kane was dealing with “significant injury problems.”
So it appears, with conflicting reports the situation could be worse than breaking dress code and may be related to an injury, one that is potentially serious, this saga is far from over.