If the Winnipeg Jets decide to trade Evander Kane before the NHL’s March 2 trade deadline, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and team management would want to receive something in return that would help the current roster make a push to the post-season.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, teams like the Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators – three clubs firmly on the outside of the playoff picture looking in – could each make a strong push for Kane.
There are also a number of teams currently in a playoff position that are interested in Kane, however it would be difficult for those teams to pull off a deal prior to the deadline without giving away assets that would aid in their own 2015 post-season run.
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Kane, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Saturday, has three years remaining on his contract with an annual salary cap hit of $5.25 million – his actually salary owed is $6 million per season, according to NHL Numbers. It is believed the 23-year-old has played his last games with the Jets after an incident with teammates this week made national headlines.
The Vancouver native had 10 goals, 12 assists and 56 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Jets this season.