December 2, 2017 | 10:15pm ET
SABRES OPEN FOR BUSINESS, READY TO MAKE TRADES
Evander Kane, left wing
The Buffalo Sabres appear ready and willing to shake up their roster and have made it known to the rest of the League that they’re open for business.
During Saturday night’s “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported the news, mentioning that everyone is up for grabs, providing the price is right, except star center Jack Eichel.
“There is a sense from other teams that the Sabres are sending signals that they are open for business, and you can ask about anybody whose name is now Jack Eichel,” Friedman said.
Friedman also indicated that if a team is interest in a player like forward Sam Reinhart or defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen or Marco Scandella, the price will be high and the interested party “better be coming with a serious offer.”
Forwards Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot may get the most play, as both players are in the final year of their respective contracts and can become unrestricted free agents next summer.
With respect to Kane, whom many around the NHL believe will be traded at some point before the trade deadline in late-February, Friedman speculated that the price tag could be more than first-round pick, a second-round pick or a top prospect, and another prospect or draft choice.
Kane, 26, has a $5.25 million salary cap hit, though his actual salary is $6 million this season. He does not have any no-trade protection and can be dealt to whichever team the Sabres see fit.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported earlier this week that the Sabres are even willing to eat some of Kane’s salary if it sweetens the return. The Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals are among the teams reportedly linked to having interest in Kane.