One day before the free agent frenzy begins, rumors surrounding Evander Kane have surfaced. WGR 550 had former NHL player Georges Laraque on the air and he stated that the Buffalo Sabres may very well consider trading Kane.
With the recent off-ice activities (whether he did them or not) and his presence in the locker room, perhaps it’s time to shop the Sabres forward.
“I think now that they want to pull the plug on it. He’s not going to be easy to give away. I don’t even know if you can give that guy away with all this baggage, but that’s what’s coming from your GM from an agent I was talking to. So there will be big things coming up in Buffalo.” – Laraque
Remember that the Sabres traded for Kane, along with Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf from Winnipeg. They sent off Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a first round pick. Buffalo even acquired Kane while he was hurt and waited for him to return to action once the following season arrived.
Kane tallied 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) in 65 games last season.
If the Sabres elect to buyout his contract, they would have to do so by 5 p.m. EST today. If it goes that far, here are the numbers on what that would look like, courtesy of General Fanager:
The skilled forward could be an asset to the Sabres in the upcoming years, but is his immaturity off the ice too much?