Saturday, February 07, 2015

Shoulder Surgery Ends a Rough Campaign for Kane

Have you heard? Evander Kane has been in the news quite a bit and it has been quite the saga out of the Winnipeg Jets locker room.

The rumours flew, "stories" were broken and controversies were rolling around, but at the end of it all, the Winnipeg Jets will be without one of their more prolific scorers for the remainder of the regular season and will likely be an injured asset, when they decide to move him in the Summer, because at this point, if all the stories are true, he will be moved.

Nevertheless, Kane's season is done, since a shoulder injury that he suffered, at an unknown point in time, has been diagnosed as needing surgery and his recovery time is in the 4-to-6 month range.

What does this mean for the Jets?  Well, this season, Kane has had 10 goals and 22 points in 37 games, as he has had a tumultuous season as it was.  A sprained knee, a suspension and another lower-body injury, all racked up before this shoulder surgery and his 2015 season has been anything but productive.  If anything, the only solid movement he is having this year is a move to the Injury Prone List this Summer, because his record for health is so poor.

As of Saturday morning, Grant K. sits in 18th place, still leading the pool in goals scored, mind you, but is now 64 points out of the money.  He has already made a couple of moves in the Waiver Draft, nothing that you could argue as not being necessary and now he has lost another player to a long-term injury.  I believe with that being said, precedent might have to be set, especially in this second Waiver Draft of the season, to allow Grant to move out Kane and enjoy the remainder of the season.

With that being said, once the first two rounds of the Waiver Draft have concluded, making sure everyone has had their shot at a couple of players each, teams in desperate need of some help, could go on a free-for-all for the remaining players, much like the Preseason Waivers.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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