The NHL Draft is finally here, and like anything else in the NHL anything is possible. For the better part of a year we have heard rumors about the Winnipeg Jets thinking about trading Evander Kane. While there is no official report on this, the Jets could pull the trigger if the deal is right.
Winnipeg is sitting with the ninth overall pick in the NHL Draft, and moving Kane could get them a top five pick, but the assets that a Kane trade would bring in could allow the Jets to move down and stock pile picks as well. There are a few down sides too; taking Kane out of a relatively “new” market could hurt the Jets for years to come.
For the Jets a Playoff run would be an amazing thing, and moving Kane may not be the answer. However it seems he would be better off in a different city. The 22-year-old is under contract through the end of the 2017-2018 season with a cap hit of $5,250,000 million. It’s not a giant contract for someone with Kane potential, but should the Jets make a move?
There are teams that would most likely line up today for a chance at Kane. I could see teams like the Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders or maybe even the Carolina Hurricanes toying with this idea, but in the end it may be worth the Jets dealing with the growing pains Kane brings with him. The problem with Kane is he hasn’t been lightning up the score board, and that could be because he is unhappy, or it’s a lack of supporting players (324 GP, 99 G, 101 A, -9). Either way the Jets need to sit down and think long and hard about trading him.