The Winnipeg Jets have called up Patrice Cormier from the St. John’s IceCaps Thursday afternoon after announcing forward Evander Kane had been placed on the injured-reserve list.
Kane has been injured most of the season and wasn't on the ice for the team's practice on Thursday — two days after being benched in Vancouver.
Kane was kept out of the 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks by head coach Paul Maurice because he wore a track suit to the arena, a violation of the club’s dress code, CBC has learned. It has been reported that Byfuglien later threw those clothes into the shower.
Reports said Kane missed a pre-game meeting, and that he couldn't be reached until approximately an hour before the start of the game, when Kane answered his cellphone and said he wouldn’t be playing against the Canucks.
According to Maurice on Thursday, Kane missed practice because he was at the doctor's office. As far as how injured the player is, Maurice said he won't know until Thursday afternoon and will address the media on Friday.
As for Kane's response to being scratched, Maurice said they talked but that chat is private and he's not willing to go into detail about the incident.
Other players said the issue is not a distraction, and they just need to focus on winning games. Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault said team rules are team rules and they need to be followed.
"There's a standard that everybody needs to live up to. We're professionals, we make a lot of money," Wheeler said.
"That's the code we live by. If you don't like it then there's other places you can go. This is the way we do things."
That's just the rule inside any respectable hockey room, he added
Dustin Byfuglien, who will likely be shifted from defence to forward, said that's not his preference but he's part of a team and willing to do what he is asked.
It’s the second time Maurice has made Kane a healthy scratch due to disciplinary reasons.
He has also been in the media spotlight for his off-ice antics, including earlier this season when he posted a photo on his Instagram account in which he appears to be doing pushups with bundles of U.S. currency on his back, while part of the Las Vegas skyline is visible in the background.
The photo was a sequel of sorts to Kane's "money phone" picture from 2012, in which he's shown holding bundles of cash to his ear, also in Las Vegas.
Twitter has been lit up since Tuesday with speculation about a rift between the coach and the power forward, and potential trade rumours.
Kane is in the middle of a six-year, $31.5 US contract that expires in 2018. The 23-year-old Vancouver native has scored 10 goals and added 12 assists in 37 games this season.
My entire Twitter feed is about Evander Kane.. Sorry folks, he's not gonna end up in Pittsburgh. Money doesn't work. I think pens are done— Kyle Sutphin (@slugginsutph13) February 5, 2015
Darren Dreger reports teams are inquiring about Evander Kane and the #Jets are listening.— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) February 5, 2015
Mr Evander Kane we have a casino in montreal you will enjoy— derek girard (@derek82) February 5, 2015