The Buffalo Sabres have traded top forward Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks.
After many months of speculations, Kane has finally found a taker that has agreed to the demanding price tag.
It had become extremely clear that the 26-year-old, who is going to be a free agent next July, was going to get traded soon.
Sabres' head coach Phil Housley announced on Saturday that Kane was sitting out of that night’s game against the Washington Capitals. He added that this decision is in Kane's best interest.
"Things have picked up this week, no question about that. I believe that Jason Botterill has at least a couple of offers that he might consider but it sounds like there could be more player involvement as opposed to picks and prospects and the Buffalo Sabres are more interested in draft picks or top prospects. There’s time between now and the deadline on Monday and the interest will increase as the days continue,” NHL insider Darren Dreger had said earlier this week.
Back in January, the price tag to land Kane was reported to be very steep. It started out with Pierre LeBrun reporting that Botterill sought a first-round draft pick, a prospect and a conditional pick. Dreger then followed that up in saying there are teams claiming Botterill also wanted an NHL roster player included in that package.
In the end, the Sabres settled for a conditional first round pick in 2019, prospect forward Dany O'Regan, and a conditional fourth rounder in 2020. If the Sharks re-sign Kane, it's a first; but if Kane walks into free agency, it's a second-round pick in 2019.
In 60 games this season, Kane scored 20 goals and added just as many assists for 40 points. He played a total of 557 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers, who later became the Winnipeg Jets, and the Sabres. He recorded a total of 340 points over this period.
YOUR TRADE DEADLINE RESUME
- Trades started pouring earlier this week when the New York Rangers pulled two of their star players, Michael Grabner and Rick Nash, from the lineup Tuesday before the game against the Montreal Canadiens. Hours later, Grabner was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a second round pick as well as Devils' prospect Yegor Rykov.
- Then on Friday, the Ottawa Senators managed to trade centre Derick Brassard in a complex three-team trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins, getting the Vegas Golden Knights involved.
Saturday was less agitated on the trade market as teams seemed to be getting ready for a busy Sunday, and it was.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired center Mark Letestu in a three team trade with the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators. He was traded by the Oilers to the Predators for forward Pontus Aberg. Predators general manger David Poile then flipped Letestu to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a 4th round pick.
- Then the Montreal Canadiens traded forward Tomas Plekanec to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a package of picks and prospects, retaining 50% of Plekanec's salary in the trade:
- We cannot forget how the Boston Bruins made a splash on the trade market, acquiring star forward Rick Nash from the New York Rangers. The Rangers acquire Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Nash.
- The day closed off with the Predators again, who acquired forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
- There was also 12 names, including the ones of Sens’ Johnny Oduya and Alex Burrows who landed on the waiver wire.
- This morning, veteran defenseman Ian Cole was on the move again. After getting moved from the Penguins to the Senators, Cole ended up with the Columbus Blue Jackets for prospect winger Nick Moutrey and a third round pick in 2020.
- The Hawks traded forward Ryan Hartman to the Nashville Predators.
- There was also a minor trade between the Coyotes and the Blue Jackets: Columbus acquired Ryan Kujawinski and Carter Camper from Arizona for centre Jordan Maletta.