The trade deadline is fast approaching and the watch intensifies for where Buffalo Sabres top forward and pending free agent Evander Kane is going to land.
The Sabres are a definite participant to this spring's draft lottery, and GM Jason Botterill is expected to attempt to fetch as much as possible for Kane before the deadline. It has recently been reported that the team is seeking up to four assets: an NHL ready player, a prospect, a high draft pick and a conditional pick as well.
And now we know that the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins are among the clubs that have expressed interest. And Kane is already looking forward to play for a Cup contender and take part in his first playoff game.
“I come into the season every year, as I’ve done since I’ve started, hoping to play in the playoffs and envisioning that,” Kane told reporters in Calgary this week. “For me, it’s taken a long time. I’m always looking forward to that opportunity. I think that’s my type of hockey. I think I’m built for that as a player. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to showcase that.
“For me, the prospect of that happening is obviously exciting.”
The Vancouver Canucks are also said to be interested, as they begin their search for talent as the era of Daniel and Henrik Sedin winds down. However, Kane might be prioritizing a chance for a playoff participation than playing for his hometown team.
If the Pens and the Kings are both bidding on Kane, it should be an intense one. Who's going to place the biggest offer?