Winnipeg Jet Evander Kane isn’t happy about having to miss Wednesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kane was injured about a week ago, but he said by Wednesday, he was ready to go back on the ice and even made the trip to Chicago with the team.
“I felt good in warm up, and obviously that feeling wasn’t mutual,” said Kane, who added he felt that he was being unfairly benched.
“I don’t know what that meant,” he said. “The definition of a healthy scratch is a healthy player not playing so that was my interpretation, and it’s pretty obvious that’s what it was.”
In hockey, a healthy scratch is a player who sits out a game despite being able to play.
Kane said he has no idea why he wasn't put in the lineup for the game, but head coach Claude Noel said the team was just following protocol after an injury Kane sustained about a week ago, and that other players would be treated the same way.
“I respect Evander for his opinion. For me, Evander was a coach’s decision, a protocol to be followed,” he said. “For me, it was an injury-related decision.”
But Kane’s still wasn’t happy about it on Friday.
“I guess it is some sort of a disagreement in a sense,” said Kane. “It was definitely surprising to me.”
He said he disagreed that the team was taking into account his long-term health in the decision. When pressed, though, Kane downplayed the importance of the decision.
“I don’t think it’s as big as a matter as some people are making it seem,” he said. “That’s part of being a professional. If you’re in the lineup, you do the best to help your team win. If you’re not, it is what it is.”
Kane is scheduled to play Friday night against the Nashville Predators at the MTS Centre.