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February 28, 2017 | 6:05pm ET
Kane isn't worried about trade chatter
TheFourthPeriod.com

Buffalo Sabres sniper Evander Kane has heard all the trade talk swirling around, but it doesn't seem to bother him, as he told reporters on Tuesday.

Kane's name has popped up in trade speculation this month and some believe he could be dealt if the right price presented itself.

For Kane, who has one-year left on his contract after this season, he isn't losing any sleep over all the rumors.

"To be honest, I'm really not too worried about it," he said earlier today. "These are my problems. I'm okay, I'm focused on tonight.

"I really don't think about the trade deadline or any of the rumors at all. As I've said before, if my agent calls me, then I'll know. Other than that, if he doesn't call me, then I'm not worried about it."

The Sabres could try to sign Kane to an extension this off-season, if they so choose.

Kane, 25, has been hot of late, collecting 21 goals on the season, so far, along with 11 assists for 32 points in 50 games.

Sabres defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Cody Franson are set to become unrestricted free agents July 1 and the belief is that both players are expected to be moved by tomorrow's 3pm ET trade deadline.

"I've heard the rumors," Kulikov said, "but I try to get myself away from that because it's just another distraction that makes you think about something else other than hockey and playing the game.

"We'll see what happens."

Added Franson: "I try to distance myself as much as I can. I can't control whether I stay or go."

Kulikov has a salary cap hit of $4.333 million, while Franson's hit is $3.325 million.

 
 
 

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