Sabres trade forward Evander Kane to Sharks

Louie DeBrusk, Garry Galley, Nick Kypreos and Daren Millard discuss the San Jose Sharks acquiring Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres.

The Buffalo Sabres traded forward Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks Monday. Going back the other way is a conditional first-round pick, a conditional fourth-round pick and a prospect.

Going back the other way is a conditional 2019 first-round pick, a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020 plus prospect Daniel O’Regan.

Kane is a pending unrestricted free agent with a salary cap hit of $5.25 million. The 26-years-old has 20 goals, 20 assists and 57 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Sabres this season. The winger was made a healthy scratch for Buffalo’s game against Boston Sunday for precautionary reasons since it was no secret Kane was likely to be moved prior to Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

“Evander is one of the top young power forwards in the NHL,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told reporters. “He is a dynamic player who has a unique combination of size, grit, speed and goal-scoring ability. We wanted to add a player that could help this team but also was just hitting his prime. We feel that Evander fits both of those needs and we see this as a great opportunity for him to get to know our group and the city of San Jose.”

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Kane had been on the Sabres since the 2015-16 campaign after being acquired from the Winnipeg Jets. That deal saw Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf go for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 first-round pick.

In 196 games with the Sabres, Kane scored 68 goals, 50 assists, had 261 penalty minutes and a minus-45 rating.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski was teammates with Kane on Dynamo Minsk in the KHL during the 2012 lockout. “I’m excited for what Evander can bring to this team,” he said. “He plays an extremely hard game and I love the edge he plays with.”

O’Regan has suited up in 19 games for the Sharks this season, registering four assists in those contests. He also has seven goals, 18 assists in 31 games with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda. The 24-year-old was selected by the Sharks in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2012 draft. O’Regan was college teammates with Sabres franchise centre Jack Eichel.

Acquire:
  • Daniel O'Regan
  • Conditional first-round pick (2019)
  • Conditional fourth-round pick (2020)
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