The NHL traded deadline is February 26, but with their fate pretty much sealed for this season, a bottom-dweller like the Buffalo Sabres has had ongoing trade talks for weeks with GM Jason Botterill reportedly fielding calls from numerous contending teams. Buffalo's big trade chip is winger Evander Kane, a soon to be unrestricted free agent who happens to be having a career year. What's the market for a big, speedy 25-30 goal left winger who plays with an edge? Botterill is said to be looking for a first-rounder, a prospect and a conditional pick should Kane sign with the team he's traded to. Supply and demand will go a long way in dictating the return for Kane, but league-wide parity may help inch up the price a bit. Kane has been in the Eastern Conference these past three years, but the prototypical powerforward seems built for a more rugged Western Conference. And if you don't think they still cherish old-school hockey out west, look no further than the recent LA Kings/Anaheim Ducks game with no love lost between two teams battling for Southern California dominance (video via Sportsnet.) Although Kane may end up out west, word is that a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins might be interested in him as he does have the speed to play in a much faster (overall) Eastern Conference. After being on the outside looking in of a playoff position, the Pens are climbing back up as they're looking to make it three Stanley Cups in a row. Add in the fact that Botterill came from that organization (with three Cup rings himself,) and it makes for a very interesting possibility. Here are a handful of potential destinations for Kane (in no particular order,) where they are in the standings, their cap-space (from CapFriendly) and what they may have to offer the Sabres via the draft plus their top-three prospects (from NHL.com) who might be available.
Possible destinations for Evander Kane and what they might have to offer
Hockey Buzz | Jan 16