Evander Kane Wants Out of Winnipeg; Detroit an Option?
It's the calm before the storm. The playoffs are over and the draft is a few days away, followed by free agency. With a weaker crop of free agents this year, there is bound to be a lot more wheeling and dealing when it comes to moving picks and players at the draft and in the offseason.
Renaud P Lavoie of RDS decided to spice things up by metioning that Jets forward Evander Kane wants out of Winnipeg;
"What's going on with the Jets ? I hear from a player on Winnipeg that Kane doesn't want to negotiate a new deal?"
If this report is accurate, the Detroit Red Wings have to be interested. With Ryan Suter number one on the radar and Zach Parise at number two, they need a back-up plan at forward. If they can get Suter in free agency, maybe Parise either doesn't sign with Detroit and they need another sure-fire winger. Kane is that guy.
Kane immediately becomes the most sought after forward other than Parise. He's probably higher thought of than Alexander Semin of Washington.
Some Jets writers believe it is all a sham by Lavoie and that Kane has no leverage. But, for an up-and-coming team like the Jets, if Kane says he wants out it's pointless to make him sit on the sidelines and make your team suffer - get something for him.
Ken Holland has said he will be active in making trades - even for players' rights, as Kane is a restricted free agent. But, most likely he will need to make an offer sheet for Kane and it will have to be very high to pry him away from Winnipeg.
Hockeybuzz also reported that a big name player's rights were being shopped around and that it wasn't Parise, and obviously not Suter because Preds GM David Poile has refused to open trade talks. So why not Kane? He's a 30-goal scorer who has gotten into it with Jets Coach Claude Noel, and is seen as a 'punk kid' who drives around in an expensive car in Winnipeg. How dare he wear Bobby Hull's number nine?
The bottomline is if these reports are accurate and Plan A of Suter and Parise doesn't work, Plan B of Suter and Kane will be just as good.