Latest on Evander Kane plus an update on the Red Wings in your NHL rumor mill.
LATEST ON EVANDER KANE
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough recent noted Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden didn’t rule the possibility of acquiring a player with a troubled history. Linden didn’t mention Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane, who’s facing misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident last month in a Buffalo bar. However, The Province’s Jason Botchford recently said the Canucks had interest in Kane.
VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma believes Kane’s stock would improve if he follows the example of Edmonton Oilers forward (and former Canucks) Zack Kassian and seek help for behavioral issues. Jason Botchford, meanwhile, believes the Canucks should pass on Kane. His reasons include the Sabres’ potentially high asking price, Kane’s image and impact upon the Canucks young players.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton lists the Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion team as five potential destinations for Kane.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane, 24, still has the skills and potential to be an effective physical scorer with the Canucks or the other clubs noted by Clinton. Of the existing franchises, however, I don’t see any of them willing to take a gamble on Kane and his $5.25 million cap hit through 2017-18 right now. Unless the Sabres are willing to pick up a big chunk of that cap hit, he’s simply too risky right now. Kane must improve on the ice and address his issues away from the rink to improve his trade value, or to be tempting to Las Vegas in next summer’s expansion draft.
UPDATE ON THE RED WINGS
MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland doesn’t foresee a problem getting under the salary cap after yesterday’s re-signing of goalie Petr Mrazek pushed their 2016-17 salary cap payroll to $77.8 million, well above next season’s $73 million cap ceiling. Forwards Johan Franzen ($3.9 million), Joe Vitale, ($1.16 million) and perhaps Teemu Pulkkinen ($812,500) could start the season on long-term injured reserve, putting them close to becoming cap compliant. He expects they could be over the cap by around $1 million.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough reports the Wings re-signing Danny DeKeyser to a six-year, $30-million contract won’t prevent Holland from trying to bolster his blueline. With a surplus of forwards and Holland’s stated wish to acquire a top-three defenseman before the start of the season, Brough speculates Holland will turn his attention toward the trade market to acquire that blueliner.