Friedman: Sabres, Flyers, Flames among those eyeing Kane

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning.

As part of a discussion on Evander Kane:

“Right now there’s going to be some teams who are out of the playoffs, or don’t legitimately think they can win this year, who are going to go out and see, ‘Can we make a deal with the Winnipeg Jets and preempt those teams that can’t use him right now?’

“I don’t know if it’s going to be possible, but I think they’re going to try. And I think Buffalo will be on that list. I think Philadelphia will be on that list, although I’m getting the sense that Philadelphia doesn’t believe they’re going to be able to pay the price.

“And I think there are some Western teams, including the Calgary Flames, but from what I understand, the Winnipeg Jets would much rather send him to the other conference in the league.”

Much later in the discussion, on how this is guaranteed to be a summer trade now:

"I don't think it's guaranteed to be that. I don't think so at all. 

"One guy I've really heard who likes Kane is Tim Murray in Buffalo. Tim Murray has a long amateur scouting background. He scouted players for a long time, and he's pretty good at it. From what I understand - he won't talk because it's tampering, which I understand - but from what I understand, he has interest and would make a deal.

"The tough thing for me is I look at that Buffalo roster. If you're Winnipeg and you're going to trade Evander Kane, you've got to do it in a way that helps your team now. I don't know what Buffalo has that helps the Jets now. So I think it comes down to two things: Does the team want him? And does the team have what Winnipeg is going to asks for because they're going to ask for a lot to make it work.

"But I do think that there is reason for a team like Calgary that would be interested, or a team like Buffalo that would be interested, or a team like Philly that would be interested - but I'm not sure thinks they can do it either - where you can sit there and say, 'Why let a Pittsburgh or a Boston even get into this?'

"Because one GM had a great line to me yesterday. He said, 'The teams that you have to worry about are the teams that lose in the first round.'

"Eight teams lose in the first round and most of them are pissed off because they lost in the first round. And that's when the heat really falls on you. And if Evander Kane is still available, all of the sudden you're going to be looking at it and saying, 'Alright, is this a guy we have to go get? Now we're in the race.' 

"So if you really want him, and you're a team that isn't in it this year, you would look at it right now..."

On if he sees any situation where the Flames would be interested, since it might not make sense down the stretch in the playoff race:

"I could see Calgary having interest. First of all, as a player, there's nobody who tells you this guy is a bad player. Nobody. He's a good player. Some people in Winnipeg are talking like he's no more than a third-liner. That is craziness. He's much more than that. He's playing hurt this year, and when you have a guy who forechecks like that who can hurt people without doing it illegally because he just hits so hard, you want that. 

"I think the Flames would absolutely be interested. He fits. He's a good Western Conference player. The two issues are No. 1: What do they think about him off the ice? And No. 2: Does Winnipeg want to send him there?

"But if, for argument's sake, the Flames' offer is the best one that Winnipeg comes across and it can help them for this year or next year, they're going to have to consider it." 

Source: Sportsnet 960/ Transcript: Nichols on Hockey

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