February 21, 2018 | 4:00pm ET
KANE WAITING FOR TRADE TO HAPPEN
Evander Kane, left wing
Evander Kane has been traded before, so he knows what to expect when it comes to moving to a new team. But this will be the first time he’s dealt to a Stanley Cup contender with 20-25 games left in the season.
Kane, 26, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He hasn’t been religiously keeping tabs on what’s being discussed in the media, but he seems to have a good handle on things.
“Obviously, I’m aware of what'’ going on. I have social media,” he told the Buffalo News on Wednesday. “Do I spend all day looking at it? Absolutely not. But who knows? I know guys who have found out via social media before anybody else knows.”
Several teams have expressed interest in Kane, though some clubs have balked at the asking price, so far.
According to two separate management members of rival clubs, some teams are still concerned over Kane’s past off-ice antics and headlines, which might shorten the realistic list of suitors vying for his services.
The Sabres are still believed to be looking for three assets for Kane, with a first-round draft pick expected to be included in a package.
“Obviously, your agent knows what’s being talked about and what’s been said,” Kane said. “It’s a little tougher when it comes to a trade, especially at the deadline because there’s so many different things that can happen. It’s a little different from free agency per se where you have pretty much all the control.
“I have a feel of what teams might be interested and what teams aren’t interested, but I really have no idea. I’m going to find out just like you guys do.”
Kane does not own any no-trade protection and won’t say if he has any preferences in terms of possible destinations. One thing that is clear is Kane’s next team will be much better positioned in the standings than the Sabres.
“We’ll deal with the move when it happens,” he said.
Kane sits No.3 on TFP’s Top 30 Available Players List.