This was supposed to be the season that the Winnipeg Jets finally turned a corner and made the playoffs, and Evander Kane was supposed to be at the center of it all. Things haven’t gone according to plan though, and the Jets are idling in last place in the new-look Central Division.
With an 8-9-2 record, Winnipeg is far from dead in the water, but they aren’t taking the NHL by storm like they’d hoped either. As such, some teams have come knocking on general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff’s door and have reportedly expressed interest in Kane.
The Fourth Period noted that it would take a whopping offer to acquire the 22-year-old, but his $6 million extension does kick in following this season.
That deal included a no-movement clause, so if the Jets have any mild interest in moving Kane, they’d need to explore those options pronto. (That deal did not include a no-trade clause)
If Winnipeg doesn’t want to be on the hook for the next four seasons, they could shop Kane in the future and net a pretty outstanding return. Nothing is imminent, and the Jets don’t appear to be in the shopping phase, yet it’s no secret that the talented forward and head coach Claude Noel haven’t exactly agreed on everything recently.
What are your thoughts? With Noel on the hot seat, should the Jets just wait it out with Kane? Or should they move the forward before he has total control over his location?
An argument can clearly be made for both sides. We’ve seen several instances recently of teams being forced to take impish returns for star players because of NTCs or NMCs giving the asset control in the situation. Does Winnipeg want to handcuff itself to that kind of future with Kane?
Odds are they wouldn’t have handed him a deal with those clauses in the first place if they weren’t comfortable with it, but the rumblings are certainly worth a mention.