Are the Jets closer to trading Evander Kane? What are the Predators options to replace sidelined center Mike Fisher? Are the Red Wings hoping to acquire Capitals defenseman Mike Green? Is Devils goalie Cory Schneider close to re-signing a lucrative new deal with the Devils? Read on for the latest.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait reports recent comments in a radio interview by Evander Kane fuels speculation he could be dealt this summer.
Host: Evander do you want to play for the Winnipeg Jets anymore?
Kane: Well, I think I’m a Winnipeg Jet right now, and, you know, there’s been speculation and rumors the three years since I got there. So, you know, we’ll see what happens and we’ll carry on as if I’m a Winnipeg Jet.
Host: There’s not a yes in there, and some Jets fans might say, why doesn’t he want to play for us? Or why isn’t he absolutely fully on board for playing for us?… you’re shaking your finger at me.
Kane: I’m training hard and getting ready for this season, and last summer I didn’t have a full year of training due to some surgery I had, so I found it really important for me to start training early and get myself in the best shape possible for this season. So that’s my focus.”
TSN: That’s Hockey panelists Gino Reda and Jamie McLellan discussed the situation. McLellan notes Kane remains under contract with the Jets and must remain with them until management finds the right deal. He believes GM Kevin Cheveldayoff won’t move the young winger until he gets a fair offer. They also spoke about James Reimer filing for arbitration, with McLellan doubting the Maple Leafs can find a trade destination for him this summer.
ESPN.COM: Tim Kavanagh puts Kane atop his list of off-season top-six winger trade targets over Chicago’s Patrick Sharp and Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson. Earlier in the week Kavanagh listed Philadelphia’s Vincent Lecavalier, Columbus’ Ryan Johansen and Toronto’s Nazem Kadri among this summer’s top center trade targets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane may be hinting at preferring a trade but Cheveldayoff won’t move him without getting a fair deal in return. He won’t want draft picks and prospects, but rather a good player as the centerpiece who can help the Jets reach the playoffs now. There’s talk the Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Kane, but you can bet Cheveldayoff will want someone like Jakub Voracek or Wayne Simmonds as part of the return. Kane may be disgruntled in Winnipeg, but he’s still young and has lots of potential. The Jets don’t want to trade away a budding star without getting a worthwhile return. I think Cheveldayoff could wait and see how next season unfolds with Kane in the roster during a full season under coach Paul Maurice.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is sidelined four-to-six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Cooper lists Derek Roy and Vincent Lecavalier as possible trade options, but also suggests promising Colton Sissons as a possible replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I would suggest Mike Ribeiro as a good short-term option, provided his “behavioral issues” which led to his buyout by the Coyotes have been suitably addressed.
FOXSPORTS DETROIT/DETROIT FREE PRESS: Art Regner cites a source claiming the Detroit Red Wings have made Capitals defenseman Mike Green their top trade target, citing the Capitals recent additions of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik and the club’s limited cap space. Helene St. James agrees Green would make a good fit with the Red Wings defense, which lacks a puck-moving blueliner with a right-handed shot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Green carries a $6 million cap hit for next season. Shedding it frees up considerable cap space for other additions, such as a second-line center, provided Green waives his no-movement clause. I expect the Capitals asks for one of the Wings promising young forwards as part of the return.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski reports New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider will “break the bank” with his next contract, claiming he’s heard it could be a seven-year deal worth $6 million annually.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can see Schneider getting that deal. It’s expensive but that’s what it’ll take to keep him from testing next summer’s UFA market, where he’s bound to get that much, if not more.