Evander Kane prepares for ‘hostile’ return to Winnipeg


They chanted “Silver Medal!” at Ryan Miller, “Crosby’s better!” at Alex Ovechkin, and “Let’s Go Blue Jays!” at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

You can only imagine what Winnipeg Jets fans might come up with for Evander Kane.

Perhaps something about a wet track suit?

That actually might be the best-case scenario for Kane, given he’s the subject of a sex-offense investigation by Buffalo police.

“It can be hostile,” Kane told the Buffalo News. “They’ve got some passionate fans there. I guess that’s the way to put it — passionate.”

Sunday’s Sabres-Jets game at MTS Centre will be the first time Kane has played in Winnipeg since he was traded to Buffalo in February. The 24-year-old winger later admitted that he’d “asked for a trade every offseason” he was there.

From the Buffalo News:

The Sabres’ top left winger has publicly embraced living in Buffalo, but he’s been quiet since Buffalo police began a sexual-assault investigation Dec. 27. It is ongoing and will likely be a talking point in Winnipeg.

All Kane can talk about at the moment is his game. It mirrors the Sabres’ game: lots of shots and no goals. Kane has no points in the last five games, remaining stuck on eight goals and five assists in 30 outings.

The Sabres have lost five straight games in regulation. They play Friday in Chicago before flying to frigid Winnipeg.