The most coveted name that we know of on the trade market is Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres. It seems like his name has been on the rumor mill since the beginning of his career with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman believes that the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking at how they can acquire him, as they prepare to add one or two forwards to the team.
We already profiled the possibility of acquiring Tomas Plekanec from the Montreal Canadiens in an earlier post today, Kane could very well be another guy that Jim Rutherford makes a move for.
Kane is on pace for 67 points, which would beat his previous career-high of 57 points back in 2011-12. He's a man on a mission, and his future in Buffalo is certainly over. It's just a question of who lands him before the trade deadline hits.
Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for his part, doesn't like the idea of having Evander Kane in a Penguins uniform.
"As for Kane, I don't see a fit, but I don't think the Penguins have closed the door. The issue is more with character and what he does in the room. I wouldn't want it, personally, from what I've heard," Mackey writes.
"I think they stay away. It's not what they need in that room right now," he adds.
He goes on to speculate what it would take to land Kane, with the reported price being a first round pick, solid prospect, and another conditional pick.
"Don't know if that's a starting point or what. Only prospect the Penguins have that would fit would be (Daniel) Sprong. I wouldn't trade him for Evander Kane right now."
With Sprong being hyped up as Phil Kessel lite, it might be a risky proposition to trade him away for an older player in Kane. Yet, Kane is only 26-years-old, is an offensive weapon, and may very well want to stay in Pittsburgh beyond this season.
The price would be steep, and the off-ice issues may be a cause for concern, but if they deem the player to have gained maturity and believe he can be a force for this team, Jim Rutherford could very well pay the price.
We'll leave it to you to decide - should Rutherford make a move for Kane, or should he stay away?
We'll just leave this here.