Kane, 22, has just two goals and 12 points in his last 21 games. He is currently in his second-year of a six-year, $31 million contract.
TFP has reported throughout the season that several teams have expressed an interest in Kane, including the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.
Just a few days prior to Saturday's benching, Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press speculated that Kane could play a major part in a big trade by Winnipeg this off-season. Lawless reports speaking to an NHL GM who believes Kane could fetch a major return for the club.
According to two separate league sources, TFP has learned that Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff plans to seriously explore moving Kane this off-season, with a trade likely to occur near the NHL Draft in late-June.
In addition to Kane potentially being on the move, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun has entertained the idea of Leafs goaltender James Reimer coming to the Peg in the off-season, with a potential buyout or trade in current starter Ondrej Pavelec.
Speculation surrounding captain Andrew Ladd, centre Bryan Little, and forward Dustin Byfuglien have also been circulating. Lawless believes the club has very few untouchables in terms of trades this off-season, meaning the club could look very different at the start of next season.
The Jets have yet to make a post-season appearance since coming moving to Winnipeg from Atlanta.