A timely FanPost here as we approach the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline on March 5. - Dirk
He's been available in Winnipeg with the GM saying he's open to a trade if it knocks his socks off.
What do other Predator fans think of Evander Kane? Do you think Poile should specifically pursue him? If you knew another top line player would be available later this season or in the off season for a similar contract and trade package, should Poile wait for that player?
As a player on the ice I have always liked his style the few times I've seen him play. He hustles, hits, shoots, and scores pretty regularly.
1) His best point rate in a season thus far is .77 per game in 11-12. That year was 57 points in 74 games with 30 goals. A pace that in 82 games puts him at about 63 points.
2) Last season he was on pace for 29 goals and this season he's on pace for 31 goals. Both of those seasons put him on pace for about 55 points.
3) His cap hit is $5.25 million for 4 more years. Actual salary is $6 million for each of those years.
4) 22 years old, 6' 2", 195 lbs per TSN player page.
I can't remember what all has happened off the ice, but I don't remember anything so glaring as to scare me away from him with the Predators huge need at forward. I seem to recall his issues are immaturity type of things when he was younger and complaining about the Jets franchise in the last year or so.
At this moment, I'd pursue him if I was Poile and be willing to part with a nice size package of players, prospects, and picks. I think the only players on the Predators I would not be open to trading are Weber, Rinne, and Jones. I'd like to hold onto Forsberg and this year's first round pick, but if either of those were the key piece I'd trade those. I don't know what would knock his socks off, but I'd probably start with something involving Josi, Wilson, and a 1st round pick.