Does it count as a healthy scratch when a player is sat at the tail-end of an injury? Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets thinks so. After sitting out a game against the Detroit Red Wings on November 4 with injury, Kane felt ready to rejoin his club versus the Chicago Blackhawks two nights later. Coach Claude Noel had different plans. Kane was withheld from the game against the Hawks, causing him to believe he was healthy scratched by his coach. He told the CBC:
“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.”
Quote courtesy of CBC dot com. Read full article here.
Coach Claude Noel made a tough lineup call with his star player, leading to controversy and speculation about a possible rift between the two. When asked to comment about his head coach, Evander Kane didn’t exactly go out of his way to smooth things over, telling the Manitoba Hockey News he “wouldn’t get into it.”
Kane returned to the lineup last night to play his part in a 5-0 pounding of divisional rivals the Nashville Predators. He tallied 1-assist during his 16:16 time on ice.
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) December 19, 2012