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What To Do With Evander Kane?

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Three months after nobody wanted him, with the NHL trade deadline approaching, Kane’s value has reached an all-time high. He’s performing like the dominant player Tim Murray envisioned when he traded for him two years ago. Rest assured several teams would take him off the Sabres’ hands before Wednesday....

The disparity between the Sabres’ demands and bids they receive is likely too wide to complete a deal, but you never know. Murray holds Kane in high regard after making him the central figure in the blockbuster to acquire him from Winnipeg. But it also would be a disservice to the Sabres for him to overvalue Kane without considering all variables.

Murray should listen to offers. Wayne Gretzky was traded in 1988 after leading the Oilers to their fourth Stanley Cup in five years. It’s not as if Kane is untouchable. The same is true for any player, including Jack Eichel. If Murray can improve his team for the foreseeable future, he should pull the trigger. It makes for a tricky situation.

Kane has scored 21 goals over the past 36 games, including 20 at even strength. He’s been one of the NHL’s best forwards in recent months. Effort is not an issue. The guy plays hard even when he’s not playing well. Kane’s simple style and knack for finding soft spots in defensive coverage complements Eichel and fills a need.

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Wayne Gretzky was traded in 1988 after leading the Oilers to their fourth Stanley Cup in five years.

Why do people constantly cite this, like it’s some truth?

EDM traded Gretzky and when they did it was the beginning of the end for them, and they’ve never been worth anything since.

So yes, anyone can be traded, technically, anyone at all.  But with some players, you’re a total idiot if you trade them.

 

Now, that said…. who want’s Kane’s baggage at this point?  Nobody.  Not even the team that has him now, apparently.

Posted by Primis on 02/24/17 at 10:06 AM ET

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He’s been one of the NHL’s best forwards in recent months. Effort is not an issue. The guy plays hard even when he’s not playing well. Kane’s simple style and knack for finding soft spots in defensive coverage complements Eichel and fills a need.

It’s sad that the skill on the ice is in the same package as the off the ice behavior. He’s a big talent with still room to grow. If Buffalo has had enough someone will try again.

I don’t think he is as big a risk as he is painted. I think if he was surrounded by the right players / friends / situation he would get his act straight. Power forwards, that can score 25-35 goals are tough to come by.

FWIW power forwards are notorious for being streaky scorers.

Posted by evileye on 02/24/17 at 01:52 PM ET

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