The market is a constant moving place, and that is not different for the National Hockey League and the trade market. For months now, Buffalo Sabres top forward Evander Kane has been at the centre of trade chatter with fans expecting a trade at any moment of the day.
While the rumor has not changed and Kane is expected to be moved before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, there is one important factor that has been revised : the price tag.
Kane, who is not the only pending free agent finding himself on the trade block as Toronto Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk is in the same spot, is now looking more expensive as the deadline nears. NHL insider Darren Dreger was talking about the asking price for big scorers like van Riemsdyk to Montreal's TSN Radio 690 on Tuesday, and took the opportunity to revise what he reported last Friday regarding Buffalo's asking price for Buffalo's top forward.
"If Buffalo gets a first (round pick), a prospect, a roster player and a conditional pick - which I was corrected on, frankly after I wrote that on Friday, they want a roster player in addition to the other three assets - for Evander Kane, a pending unrestricted free agent. If they get all that, or there's a belief they get all that, imagine what the Leafs might get for JVR, Bozak, Komarov or all three..." he said. "...but the 'own rental' philosophy is probably more likely given the Toronto Maple Leafs' position in the standings."
Many people might have thought the opposite would take place with Kane, especially after last week's incipient during the Sabres' practice. As you all know now, Kane and teammate Justin Falk got into a heated fight during Sabres practice as Falk told Kane he was "selfish" during the team's skate. The incident took place after Kane injured one of his own teammate during a drill.
Video by Ted Goldberg of the Buffalo Spectrum News shows Kane checked Zach Bogosian into the boards as he skated with the puck behind the net during a drill. Bogosian stayed on his feet but fell to the ice with Kane a few moments later in the corner of the rink. He was unable to put weight on his left leg as he left the ice. It was later confirmed that he will miss up to six weeks of action.
But after all, the Winnipeg Jets still managed to move Kane when there was also issues with some teammates before he was traded off to Buffalo.
"When Kane was still in Winnipeg in 2015, he was scratched for violating the team dress code when he showed up in a track suit instead of a standard suit. A later report revealed that Dustin Byfuglien threw Kane’s track suit in the cold tub."
Clearly, his talent surpasses any off-ice issues there may be and his price has not been affected by the recent commotion.
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