Updates on Evander Kane and the Red Wings could be forced to shed salary. Details in your NHL rumor mill. 



Are the Sabres planning to shop troubled winger Evander Kane?

Are the Sabres planning to shop troubled winger Evander Kane?

 NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough cites TSN 1040 Vancouver’s Matt Sekeres saying he’s been hearing the Buffalo Sabres could be more willing to trade troubled left wing Evander Kane if they can sign Jimmy Vesey. Even if they can’t sign Vesey, who’s due to become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15, Brough suggests they could still try to move Kane, as GM Tim Murray’s patience is wearing thin with the winger. It’s possible promising Alex Nylander, who also plays left wing, could crack the Sabres lineup this coming season.


VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma suggests the Vancouver Canucks should kick the tired on Kane. Despite Kane’s off-ice issues, Kuzma believes the winger could provide a boost to the Canucks’ second-line offense, pointing out they had previous interest in Kane.  He notes the Sabres need to dump salary to re-sign Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart down the road. If Jimmy Vesey stays with the Sabres, it will make it easier for them to move Kane. If not, they could want a left wing in return, such as Sven Baertschi or Jake Virtanen as part of the return. Kuzma notes the Sabres need depth on defense and could have interest in Canucks blueliner Luca Sbisa.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquiring Kane would be a risk for the Canucks. While there’s the possibility he could regain his 30-goal form, he’s also garnered a reputation as a self-centered troublemaker. That type of player is probably the last thing the Canucks want to bring into their rebuilding roster. Given his current legal issues, I doubt there’s an NHL GM willing to take Kane off the Sabres’ hands this summer. 





THE DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa reports new contracts for restricted free agents Petr Mrazek and Danny DeKeyser could push the Red Wings over the salary cap by $2-$3 million. To reduce it, they could demote players earning $950K or less to the minors, buy out a player with the small window available to them because one of their players requested arbitration, or make a trade. Holland said he’s open to a trade, but many teams want highly ranked offensive blueliners and few of those are available. He also said he’d prefer not to go the buyout route. 


SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings currently have over $3.8 million in salary-cap space. With a high number of players carrying no-movement or no-trade clauses, there’s few obvious trade choices. They apparently tried shopping goalie Jimmy Howard ($5.29 million) but couldn’t find any takers. Gustav Nyquist ($4.75 million) and Tomas Tatar ($2.75 million) were mentioned earlier this offseason as possible trade candidates, but not as merely a means of shedding salary. Johan Franzen ($3.9 million) and Joe Vitale ($1.1 million) will likely start the season on long-term injured reserve, but the Wings will have to be cap compliant before they can put them on LTIR. Henrik Zetterberg ($6.075 million) lacks a no-trade clause, but he won’t be shopped. Besides, there’s not much of a market for that expensive cap hit through 2020-21.