As the Buffalo Sabres yet again find themselves in the Eastern Conference basement, Evander Kane has been a rare bright spot, emerging as the perfect complement on Jack Eichel’s wing, though his success is somewhat bittersweet. Kane possesses everything you hope for in a power forward, and his performance so far this season has justified the seemingly high price Tim Murray paid to obtain him from Winnipeg in 2015.

With 18 points in 18 games, the Sabres’ leading scorer is on pace to shatter his career-best point totals, but the team may be hard-pressed to extend him. When Eichel’s shiny new eight-year, $80 million contract kicks in next season, cap space will be tight. With $13.5 million already invested long-term between Ryan O’Reilly and an under-performing Kyle Okposo, another lengthy, expensive contract may not be appealing to new general manager Jason Botterill.

Evander Kane Unfazed by Rumors

During a post-practice interview last week, Kane was asked about his mindset given the uncertainty surrounding his future in Buffalo. While his responses were predictably non-committal, Kane charismatically shot-down questions pertaining to recent trade rumors stating, “No, I don’t really think about that. For some reason, it doesn’t really bother me at all.”