In his latest 31 Thoughts for Sportsnet, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman connects the dots between the Calgary Flames and the Buffalo Sabres on a potentially massive trade.
Direct from Friedman:
With Kris Versteeg out a long time, Calgary may look for a power-play specialist and someone who brings edge to their game. They feel a little “too nice,” outside of Travis Hamonic, Micheal Ferland, Mike Smith and Matthew Tkachuk. I could see the Flames part of a growing group eying Buffalo’s Evander Kane.
Could you imagine Kane suiting up alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau? It’s becoming more and more clear that the Flames can’t rely of veteran Jaromir Jagr for more than spot duty on the right-side and Kane could give them some real stability.
Despite playing for the struggling Sabres, the 26-year-old Kane is having an outstanding season with 13 goals and 27 points in 30 games. He’s in the final year of a six-year, $31.5 million contract and is set to cash in HUGE as an unrestricted free-agent this offseason.