As with his time in Winnipeg, it appears Evander Kane was worn out his welcome with the Buffalo Sabres (despite scoring 28 goals last season). Could a return to his home province be in the offing?
That’s the question posed by the Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma.
In his mid-20s, Kane is still young and remains a proven scorer with a 30-goal season to his name.
Can a polarizing left-winger with a scoring touch and checkered past be part of the Vancouver Canucks’ rebuild?
The answers: Absolutely and absolutely not.
Mention the possibility of acquiring 25-year-old Evander Kane in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres, who have a new general manager and are still looking to land an established defenceman like Chris Tanev, Jake Muzzin or Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings, and debate in this market understandably rages like a wildfire.
The Sabres and Kings are open to doing business with new men at the GM helm — Jason Botterill and Rob Blake, respectively — but what about the Canucks? They have in the past expressed an interest in Kane and he might be worth another look.
I’m not sure I’m buying this one as a real possibility. What value would Kane bring to a Vancouver franchise that, sooner or later, must realize what it desperately needs is a deep rebuild? Kane would be most valuable to a team that has an open Stanley Cup window over the next year or two, and Vancouver certainly doesn’t qualify.
Furthermore, if the Sabres believe they should be close, despite the firings of Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma, jettisoning a top-line winger on a pretty decent contract would seem a bit counter intuitive.