Jets GM Cheveldayoff addresses Kane trade speculation Staff

7/11/2014 3:40:52 PM

If Evander Kane wants out of Winnipeg, Jets' general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is not letting it be known.

Cheveldayoff spoke to the Winnipeg media Friday afternoon in regards to the speculation that Kane is unhappy with his current situation and has asked for a trade.

"With specific reference to Evander, the situation where he was asked those questions, I think he's been asked those questions year after year after year, since he's been here and since he has signed the contract," said the GM. "So Evander is a Winnipeg Jet and what I took from his comments there are that he's excited about being healthy and training this summer and really looking forward to a solid summer of training."

Kane had an interview with Vancouver's TEAM 1040 on Tuesday and was vague on whether or not he wanted to return to the team.

"Well, I think I'm a Winnipeg Jet right now," Kane told host Matt Sekeres. "And, you know, there's been speculation and rumours the three years since I got there. So we'll see what happens and we'll carry on as if I'm a Winnipeg Jet."

Cheveldayoff called Kane a "professional," during Friday's media scrum and said he expects the 22-year-old to be at the peak of his performance when training camp rolls around.

"If I answer every question or every rumour or every speculation that a player may or may not have asked something, may or may not have said something, I'd be answering those all day long," said Cheveldayoff. "Evander Kane is a Winnipeg Jet and that's how we are moving forward."

Kane, who signed a six-year, $31.5 million contract with the Jets in 2012, has been the subject of trade rumours since last season.

He scored 19 goals and added 22 assists in 63 games with the Jets in 2013-14. In five NHL seasons - all with the Winnipeg /Atlanta franchise - he's scored 99 goals and 200 points.