By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Evander Kane voiced his displeasure about being, as he put it, a healthy scratch against the Chicago Blackhawks this past Wednesday. Kane feels he could have played, the team thought otherwise in what looks like an agree-to-disagree situation for Kane and the coaching staff.
“I felt that I was ready to play last game, felt good in warm-up,” said Kane. “Obviously, the feeling wasn’t mutual or I don’t know what that meant and I felt healthy enough to play so the definition of a healthy scratch is a healthy player not playing. That was my interpretation; it was pretty obvious that’s what it was.”
Kane tried to downplay the incident Friday morning.
“I don’t think it is a big of a matter as some people are making it seem,” continued Kane, who couldn’t seem to let it go. “It was definitely surprising to me.”
When asked about if he disagreed with the notion that his long-term health was in jeopardy if he played, Kane kept it short and sweet.
“Yes, yes definitely,” Kane said.
Kane ended with the fact he was happy to be back in the lineup tonight.
“It is over and done with and I am looking forward to tonight’s game,” said Kane. “I am moving on. I am happy to be on a line with two other guys tonight and not by myself.”
Kane said he “wouldn’t get into it” when it came to whether there was tension between himself and Jets’ head coach Claude Noel.
Noel stated that Kane’s absence was a coaching decision when he spoke to the media Friday morning.
“I respect Evander for his opinion,” said Noel. “For me, Evander was a coaches decision; there is a protocol we follow. For me, it was an injury-related decision. I understand he disagrees and that is his opinion.
“I think that the conversation just needs to stay between Evander and I. He has given his opinion and I have given my opinion and we are moving forward.”
Meanwhile, the Jets will go back with struggling netminder Ondrej Pavelec against the Nashville Predators. Back-up Al Montoya played the previous two games between the pipes for the Jets, picking up a win and a loss.
Pavelec stressed the need to win on Friday.
“We need a win, nothing else don’t matter, we need the two points, we need the wins,” said Pavelec. “If you are going to play a good game and lose, at the end of the day it is about the points so we need to find a way to win.”
Scott’s Scribbles: Jacob Trouba skated this morning with strength and conditioning coach Lee Stubbs. He worked on passing and skating at the end of practice but did not participate with the team…Jim Slater will be out four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.