The Vancouver Canucks and the Buffalo Sabres engaged in trade talks about forward Evander Kane but discussions have since died down, according to Elliotte Friedman.
Rumours of a potential move exploded after Vancouver management was seen on the scouting list in Buffalo as the Sabres hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
“The story is that they did call and there were some conversations and John Weisbrod, the assistant general manager of the Canucks, was on the scouting list on Thursday night in Buffalo, which sent us all to DEFCON one,” said Friedman on the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada. “The word is Vancouver was not willing to pay the price that Buffalo was asking.”
In 2011-2012, Kane managed to pot 30 goals in 74 games. Since then, he has reached the 20 goal mark once, mainly due to the fact that he played in over 50 games only twice since then.
The Canucks (7-10-1) are currently 27th in scoring in the league through 18 games, and sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division.
“The Canucks said no and walked away from any potential trade.”