Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane joined TSN 1290 on Thursday afternoon.
On his training this off-season:
“It’s been a really good summer for me in terms of training. I’ve had a long time to get ready for this season and spent a little bit of extra time in the gym. Did a few different things this summer. It’s positive that I’m coming in healthy and I’m really looking forward to getting back on the ice with the guys.”
On his Vancouver radio interview over the summer (where he gave an answer that could be interpreted a number of ways in terms of whether or not he wants to stay in Winnipeg) and what his stance is on his future with the Jets:
“Much like I said in the interview; as usual, what I say gets speculated and over-analyzed sometimes, but I’m definitely looking forward to coming to camp. Looking forward to a fresh start with Paul in terms of him having a training camp with the group. Kind of getting kicked off on the right foot here. Looking forward to having a great start to the season.
Just to be clear, you’re a Winnipeg Jet, you’re getting ready to start, and you’re happy to be with the organization to start the season?
“That would be correct.”
On how much of a challenge it was playing with so many different linemates last season, and if he hopes to find some chemistry with a line this year and really click with a group:
"I think that's the plan. I think the way it's gone thus far has been a lot of different players. I think I'm going to have an opportunity to stick with a group of guys for the majority of the season, which will be nice. I think you really build something as a group and as a line when you go through tough times as a group of three, and you go through some good times as a group of three. Also chemistry and understanding of how people react and how we can read off each other on the ice. I think that's what I'm looking forward to."
On what the difference was for the team with Paul Maurice coaching once Claude Noel was fired, both on and off the ice:
"I think with Paul, I think his demeanor and the way he approached his job I think was attractive to a lot of the guys in the room, including myself. For me, I think the communication was clear and concise on the ice and he was an easy guy to talk to and get to know and I'm looking forward to working with him starting camp."