Evander Kane’s relationship with the Winnipeg Jets may be reaching the breaking point, speculating about the Blackhawks sending Patrick Sharp to the Panthers, plus a list of potential destinations for Martin Brodeur.
SPORTSNET: Ryan Dixon believes the relationship between Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets is reaching the breaking point, making it appear a foregone conclusion Kane will be traded. Dixon notes GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is likely loathe to part with a young forward who has a 30-goal season on his resume, as well as the difficulty in getting fair value for Kane. Dixon feels Cheveldayoff might not have much choice, suggesting the Jets try to get the best return they can, just as the Canucks did with Ryan Kesler and the Senators with Jason Spezza earlier this summer. Unlike those players, however, Kane is younger and lacks a no-trade clause, which broadens his appeal.
NESN.COM: Nicholas Goss believes Kane would be a good fit with the Boston Bruins. Given the conservative nature of Cheveldayoff, however, Goss wouldn’t be surprised if Kane is still with the Jets when the season opens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Goss. While Kane’s trade status could be a distraction heading into next season, potentially overshadowing things if the Jets struggle once again to reach a playoff berth, there’s no reason to rush into a trade, especially if a decent return can’t be found this summer. It’s still possible to find a deal, but Cheveldayoff could just as easily remain patient and see how next season unfolds.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford cites a recent tweet from Sun-Sentinel.com’s Harvey Fialkov is trying to trade some “assets” for a goal scorer. Halford cited recent trade rumors regarding Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp, as well as Panthers GM Dale Tallon’s former ties with the Blackhawks. Noting the ‘Hawks recent re-signings of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will leave the club squeeze for cap space in 2015-16 (when their deals kick in), as well as their currently sitting above the cap ceiling by over $2 million, Halford wonders if Tallon might make a pitch for Sharp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sharp’s agent vehemently denied his client was on the block, but he’s carrying a $5. 9 million annual cap hit until 2017 and is in his early-thirties. His trade value probably won’t get any higher than it is this summer. Sharp, however, would have to agree to be dealt to the Panthers.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Matt Larkin looked at possible destinations for UFA goalie Martin Brodeur, suggesting the Winnipeg Jets, Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins, Arizona Coyotes and returning to the New Jersey Devils as options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets appear intent on starting next season with Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson and the Blue Jackets with Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney. The Coyotes did, as Larkin observed, sign Devan Dubnyk, but if he struggles in training camp and preseason they could be on the lookout for a better backup. The Bruins could have interest, though they’re likely to give Niklas Svedberg a long look in training camp. As for the Devils, that ship has sailed. If he returns to the Devils it’ll be in the front office, not as a player.