That’s because he wasn’t happy being a Winnipeg Jet.
“Yeah, I asked for a trade every offseason in Winnipeg,” Kane told The Hockey News.
From a THN blog post:
Despite both Kane and the Jets insisting there had been no trade requests in the off-season, Kane claims he asked for a trade as early as the summer of 2012 when he was coming off a 30-goal season. He asked again in the summer of 2013 and ’14, a request that was finally granted when he was dealt to the Sabres last February in a blockbuster trade that saw Zach Bogosian join him in Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, two prospects and a first-round draft pick.
The Winnipeg Free Press has more details from the interview, in which Kane says race plays a role in how he’s perceived.
Kane is currently out 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury, but should be ready in time for the Sabres’ game in Winnipeg on Jan. 10.
Don’t expect him to receive a warm welcome from the Jets’ faithful.