The Montreal Canadiens are in need of help on offense, and are reportedly interested in Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets. Montreal has only had one offensive line going throughout the course of the year, and looks to be trying to add a top-end, top-six scoring threat to the mix.
That kind of player won’t come cheaply. Especially if the player they’re gunning for is Kane. The Fourth Period noted that the Habs have been kicking tires on Kane “dating back to last season,” and that general manager Marc Bergevin has been looking for “outside help” since last May.
On the surface it may look like Kane is an untouchable player in Winnipeg’s core. He has the potential to become an elite goal scorer in the NHL, and is just coming into his own as a 22-year-old power forward. His 13 points in 21 games this season leaves a bit to be desired for the Jets though, and Kane has always had issues shaking his reputation as a player that is tough to coach.
Winnipeg’s media is as tough as anyone in the NHL, so how much of that reputation is based in reality is really unclear.
Still, if the Jets were blown away by something that the Canadiens had to say, would they move the forward now while his stock is still high and he’s still considered a potential franchise player? It’d certainly give Winnipeg something to think about if Montreal started tossing around a few young assets and draft picks.