Bring Him Home?
Hey everyone, hope your day has been productive and you haven’t scolded yourself numerous times with your Friday afternoon coffee.
Last night at about 8:45 as I was quietly getting ready to watch Big Brother (rip on me all you want, I don’t even care) and my timeline blew up with a report regarding Evander Kane.
Report: Kane requests trade from Jets
The report came courtesy of CTV Regina sports anchor, Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_CTV). According to Stewart-Binks, she had been informed by an “inside source” that Evander Kane had requested a trade.
According to inside sources, Evander Kane has asked for a trade for a trade from the Winnipeg Jets. Wants to be face of franchise…
— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_CTV) August 24, 2012
When there’s speculation that a player of Kane’s caliber and potential has demanded a trade, the first thing I think of is: “should the Canucks make an offer for the former Vancouver Giant?”
In a hockey-crazed city, especially during an off-season where CBA and lockout talk runs rampant, this is the perfect bit of news to sit and chew on.
The guy’s had a bobblehead night in town, what more do you need to know?
Not a Surprise?
Back on June 15th it was reported by RDS’ Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoieRDS) that according to a player on the Jets, Kane was refusing to negotiate a new contract with the team.
What’s going on with the Jets ? I hear from a player on Winnipeg that Kane doesn’t want to negotiate a new deal ?
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) June 16, 2012
Darren Dreger of TSN quickly dispelled the rumor. In fact, roughly a month after the report came out that Kane wasn’t going to negotiate a deal with the Jets it was reported by Gary Lawless (@garylawless) of the Winnipeg Free Press that can Kane and his camp were mulling over a six-year, $29 million dollar contract.
All seemed well, or at least looked to be well regarding the Kane/Winnipeg situation.
So what happened? Is the asking price to high? Does Kane and his camp not interested in the direction the Jets are going? Or does he feel his role has been “diminished”?
If this rumor of a trade request were true, then Vancouver would be smart to step up and make a bold move in trying to acquire the young sniper.
Forget the “Hometown Boy” Theory
Despite being from Vancouver and playing his junior hockey with the hometown Giants, Kane growing up in Vancouver plays little to no part in a potential trade with Vancouver. Sorry to burst that bubble, all four of you who think that matters (Yes, @hockeyyinsiderr, you’re one of them) Hometown doesn’t mean much in this case.
After all, Kane has little to no leverage in this trade. If he did in fact request a trade and the Jets are willing to oblige him and send him on his way, they could send him to Florida, or even Columbus if they wanted to.
It should also be noted that Kane is a RFA, and with a lockout being a real possibility in the not too distant future, the Jets have no reason to rush and move him.
What would it take?
Realistically, if Winnipeg is even willing to trade Kane then you have to start by replacing what they’re trading away and that’s goals. So who fits that description on Vancouver? Raymond? Not a toothless chance in hell.
Burrows? In terms of goal scoring then yes, but Burrows age and inevitable decline in production are two strikes against.
Burrows does have other intangibles make him an interesting question mark though, regardless of age and the inevitable decline in offensive production.
What about a younger player who could be a year or two away from playing in the NHL? Does Nicklas Jensen fit the mold of player that the Jets would be looking for? Is Winnipeg even willing to do something like that?
The Hail Mary
Would Winnipeg trade Kane straight across for Cory Schneider? Would anyone object to that trade?
I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I know the Jets just locked up Ondrej Pavelec to a five-year $19.5 million dollar contract, but is the possibility of acquiring Schneider enticing enough for the Jets?
Is trading Pavelec to a team that’s a little more desperate for a goalie a viable option?
At the end of the day what person wouldn’t want a player of Kane’s talent? He has the potential to be a dominant player in the NHL for years to come.
But what does Winnipeg want in return and is a 21 year old who is demanding a trade really someone you want to bring into a tight-knit locker room?