The Islanders have expressed interest in trading for Sabres LW Evander Kane, though nothing seems imminent.
"The New York Islanders came in and starting kicking tires on Evander Kane, but nothing came of that," Bob McKenzie of TSN reported. "Nothing is imminent at this moment, but the Buffalo Sabres will consider it for the right defenseman."
Kane, 25, has zero goals and two assists in eight games this season.
He had 20 goals and 15 assists in 65 games for the season last season.
Kane would certainly seem to be a nice upgrade for the forward crop, but let's acknowledge the obvious warts. First, he basically played himself out of Winnipeg. Not that that's necessary all his fault, but he didn't help his case by getting into trouble with the law this offseason. The reputation is something that does follow him around, and the Isles have to be cognizant of it.
Secondly, and more importantly in my opinion, he has a just one more year of team control after this season, and it comes with a $6 million salary ($5.25 million cap hit). With the Isles up against the cap, that means that the defenseman Buffalo is probably looking for is closer to the Travis Hamonic level as opposed to Calvin de Haan or Thomas Hickey. And the Canucks have already balked at a reportedly high asking price for Kane, so what would it take for the Sabres to trade him inside the conference? All of these present very obvious drawbacks.
Still, since he's been in the league since he was 18, it's easy to forget that Kane is still just 25 years old, and has a ton of offensive upside that he still probably hasn't realized. That's saying something considering he has a 20-goal and a 30-goal season under his belt already (and a few 19-goal campaigns to boot).
Injuries (cracked ribs) have slowed him down this year, so maybe with a little more time to get healthy, he's set to take off? Still, I'm not convinced these talks are still active, and I don't think he's a great fit given all the baggage.