Apr 3, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Winnipeg Jets put Evander Kane on trading block?

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Evander Kane is the best forward on the Winnipeg Jets, who haven’t exactly set the league on fire since their franchise moved from Atlanta. Yet somehow the rumors persist that Kane will be the odd man out when the Jets make moves this offseason with the hopes of getting out of the purgatorial funk in which the team has found itself since its inception in the NHL.

David Staples at the Edmonton Journal writes that the Jets are rumored to want to move a player, any player, even if it means moving the former fourth overall pick. This article came in response to a Bob McKenzie as seen below.

The Jets have plenty of expendable talent throughout their roster so it seems odd that they would stand by while this chatter goes on without emphatically stating, “No! We do not want to trade our best skater! We would never be that silly! We have enough trouble getting top end free agents to so much as visit Winnipeg, thanks!” Instead, silence.

Your guess is as good as any, but if Evander Kane is being wheeled around the trade market, he’d be the top prize. At 22 years old, Kane would attract attention from teams at the top and bottom of the standings alike. You can rebuild around him or you can stick him next to an MVP-caliber center in Anaheim or Pittsburgh or wherever else they need a push to get over the playoff hump.

If there is any validity to these reports, and the Jets really are looking to move the young winger, expect Evander Kane to attract serious attention from at least a dozen teams, if not the rest of the league.


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  • Tennis Newz

    I think the Jets would move him but it would take a lot coming back the other way. Unless he’s actually requested a trade I don’t see them actively shopping him, they’re just open to the idea. I could see them moving Buff because he doesn’t fit into their top 6, he’s getting older, and some teams value him high enough for the Jets to get a good return. Moving their best wing, aside from maybe Wheeler with how good he was last year, doesn’t make any sense without getting a lot for him. Makes even less sense considering his age. And even less sense now that they finally have a talented centre for him to play with. I don’t think Kane’s untouchable with the right offer, but unless there’s been a trade request that we don’t know about, I also don’t see them actively trying to move him.

  • Michael Tripodes

    Come to Boston.