Evander Kane is in an odd situation with the Winnipeg Jets. He
was benched didn’t show up last night in Vancouver for an important game against the Canucks and reportedly this is because of violating the dress code. Rumors have now emerged that the Jets are looking to trade the forward.
Now Sportsnet has reported that the Jets price on Kane may have dropped- in the past they may have been looking for a roster player and a prospect, now it appears just one of those assets could work.
Kane has had disciplinary problems in the past, but a change of scenery could be what the 23 year old needs. The Boston Bruins could use some scoring punch, and they have assets to move.
Winnipeg and Boston are both in playoff positions, but David Pastrnak has slowed down considerably for the Bruins. They could use some more production from their wingers.
So far the Bruins have really only been connected to St. Louis a couple of times, but other than that, no “official” rumors have occurred, other than maybe that Vancouver had an interest in defenseman Matt Bartkowski. He obviously would be a tradeable asset, along with Ryan Spooner, who has been connected to St. Louis.
Who else might be able to go? The Bruins don’t want to give up any goalies, and Winnipeg doesn’t really need one. Beyond that, it depends on what the Jets are looking for. The Bruins would love the opportunity to dump cap space, but it seems unlikely they would take a player like Chris Kelly.
This isn’t the first time the Bruins have been connected to Kane. In the past, Torey Krug and Loui Eriksson have been brought up. It seems highly unlikely that the Bruins would move Krug, but Eriksson remains a possibility.
If Winnipeg wants prospects, the Bruins don’t have many, unless they want Alexander Khokhlachev or Jared Knight. They also will need to clear a lot of cap space to take on Kane’s $5.25 million hit.
However, if the Bruins want to win now, they might have to find a way.