The days are rapidly ticking down toward Feb. 26, the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline. Fifteen of them remain. Fifteen days between where forward Evander Kane is now, and where he might be in the future, on another team, in another city, an unknown destination.

With the Buffalo Sabres last in the Eastern Conference and second to last in the League with 42 points in 55 games, it's clear that the best use for Kane is as a trade chip, with him set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and no Stanley Cup Playoffs ahead in Buffalo.

That is an uneasy place to be for any player. But it is also not new for Kane. The speculation has been there for a long time, even if it only gets more pressing by the day.

"I've dealt with it kind of all season," Kane said at TD Garden on Saturday. "Things are getting a little tighter, with the time, but I'm just focused on taking it one game at a time and focusing on my time here."

It is not as if Kane doesn't know what it's like to be traded. It was exactly three years ago that he was sent from the Winnipeg Jets to the Sabres in a trade that also included defenseman Zach Bogosian.