The Buffalo Sabres are not having a great start to the 2017-18 season, which has sparked some recent media trade chatter.
Both TSN Insider Darren Dreger and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman have reported that two of the team's top forwards might find themselves on the trading block at the Deadline draws closer.
Left winger Evander Kane remains a subject of interest as he is set to hit the unrestricted free agency in July. He is having one of the best start of his career so far and Dreger suggests that his trade value is improving as teams wonder if the Sabres will give him a contract extension. According to the hockey insider, the Sabres could move him if they get an offer they can't refuse.
Friedman noted that Sam Reinhart's name has come up of late in trade chatter. The second overall pick in 2014 is coming off consecutive 40-plus point seasons.
In seven games this season, Kane has recorded five goals and 10 points, while Reinhart only has two points in his first seven contests, but still has considerable upside. In 79 games last year, he scored 17 goals and amassed 30 assists.
GM Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley might want to wait a bit longer before they makee any decisions regarding Kane and Reinhart.
Kane might convince them to get a deal extension while, Reinhart is in the final year of his entry-level deal and lacks arbitration rights. The 21-year-old might be a wiser choice to retain...
To be continued...