Report: Kane trade chatter starting to die down

Report: Kane trade chatter starting to die down
Posted at 6:45 PM, Nov 18, 2016

It seems like Buffalo Sabres fans have been talking about a possible trade involving forward Evander Kane since he got here. Recently, those talks have heated up, but according to Bob McKenzie from TSN in Toronto, if a trade involving Kane does happen -- It won't involve the Vancouver Canucks.

McKenzie did confirm that  Vancouver and Buffalo talked about a possible trade, but have since stopped those talks.

The Canucks and Kane have always been linked, he's from the Vancouver area and played junior hockey for the Vancouver Giants. 

So far this season Kane has only played in seven games, registering one point. Kane suffered three cracked ribs in Buffalo's season opener against the Montreal Canadiens -- returning to the lineup a month later. 

Bove's Take

Evander Kane is a very talented hockey player and can take over a game with his pure skill and speed. That being said --  Kane has off ice concerns, and those questions will make it difficult for the Buffalo Sabres to get a return the organization is happy with. In the last few weeks fans have tweeted me talking about Canucks defenders Ben Hutton and Chris Tanev -- and while they are good players, would they really help the Sabres right now? Moving forward the Sabres need to bolster their blue line -- but they also need to score goals, which has been their biggest problem so far this season.

Last season Kane scored 20 goals and had 35 points in 65 games. He's off to a slow start this year, but I expect him to start producing soon. This doesn't mean I think Kane is untouchable, as a matter of fact I think Sabres General Manager Tim Murray should continue to field offers, but I don't expect anything to happen until the trade deadline.