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Poll: Should the Jets trade Evander Kane?

Aug 2, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 27: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets looks on during a break in play against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 27, 2014 in San Jose, California. Getty Images

It wasn’t too long ago that it looked like the Winnipeg Jets had a star forward they could build their franchise around in Evander Kane. He scored 30 goals and 57 points in 74 games in 2011-12 at the age of 20.

Unfortunately for the Jets, he struggled to live up to that standard last season and it got to the point where he spent time in the press box. On top of that, he’s been vague about whether or not he even wants to stay in Winnipeg. He hasn’t publicly demanded a trade, but when given the opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to the team, he’s instead fanned the flames of the trade rumors.

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has consequently been left to dodge questions about Kane’s future. At the end of the day though, should Cheveldayoff trade Kane?

Keep in mind that he comes with a $5.25 million cap hit through the 2017-18 campaign, which isn’t bad in the context of what he could bring to the table, but it adds another element of risk to acquiring him after his 2013-14 performance. That’s not to suggest that the Jets can’t trade the 23-year-old, but the return for him might be less than appealing.

Still, even if they don’t get what they feel is equal value for Kane, would it be worth it to trade him anyways just to close the door on this chapter of the Jets’ history and avoid the potential drama and distractions that might come from keeping him?

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  1. rushledger - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Jets GM doesn’t know how to make a big trade so it won’t happen.

    • govtminion - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      And that’s the problem. He doesn’t want to be there, they don’t really want him there, and GM Chevy (I’m not spelling that name out) is either unwilling or unable to figure out how to get a decent value for him.

      Look, this isn’t a playoff team. Not even close. So if the Jets want a good return, they need to look at draft picks from a team that feels like they’re one or two good pieces away from becoming a contender. Washington, for example.

      (Note that I said it should be a team that FEELS like they’re close to being a contender… not one that necessarily actually IS one.)

      • pfpmb - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        This is a tough trade. It can define Chevy as a GM. He pulls off a bad one, he won’t be a GM again in the NHL. If he pulls off a good one, fans won’t recognize it as much.

        As a Jets season ticket holder, I don’t see Kane as a difference maker. The talk here is always about finding him a centre to get the best out of Kane’s talent. If Kane was a difference maker, he’d make average centre’s better. The problem with Kane is he has absolutely no hockey IQ. He’s no more than a 30-35 goal scorer, at best. If he can’t beat you with speed, north-south, he’s useless. He takes bad shots, from horrible angles, ringing it around to the far side, putting his defenceman in situations where it’s an odd man rush going back at the Jets goal. He plays with blinders on and doesn’t have enough smarts to hold the puck in the offensive zone once in awhile and hit the trailer coming in.

      • anthj99 - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        pfpmb- You could argue that inaction and the inability to get anything done regarding Kane is a defining characteristic as well. Sitting on your thumbs when everyone and their mother knows something, anything, needs to change is the mark of a crappy GM too. You don’t have to Mike Milbury a team to be a bad GM, sometimes having the title character of Weekend at Bernie’s as your GM is just as bad.

      • govtminion - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        That’s also a good point- it’s that kind of non-action that cost Feaster in Calgary, after all. All those years where he could have made a move to dump off Iginla, Kiprussoff, etc., and improved the team, and he didn’t do any of it- hoping the Jets don’t make the same mistakes.

  2. tdrusher225 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    This kid doesn’t want to be in Winnipeg and he has a lot of value on the market. So YES, trade him. He’s not going to be the guy to carry the Jets to the playoffs and beyond, especially when looking at teams that build around wingers. So, if you can get a big return that could include franchise building blocks and potentially fill roles (#1 goalie) that can help the team get into the playoffs, then the Jets would be foolish not to do it.

  3. thatguytml92 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Yeah they should trade him to the leafs for lupul good trade for both teams Kane n kadri would be good together. Maybe throw in a 2nd or 3rd round pick too

    • mrminkus - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      What is it with Leafs fans and over valuing of their own players? If the current Leafs roster was worth one tenth what most Leafy Fans think they are, they would be five time cup champions…

      …. Lupul for Kane… WOW

      • jinx21fan - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:51 AM

        Ummm That seems to be exactly what’s going on here with Kane. Posts here about getting “franchise building blockS” in return. Plural. Quite frankly, Kane is not playing to his cap hit. Winnipeg can keep him, and his attitude, for all I care.

    • pfpmb - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      Lupul’s a bum. While Kadri has some good upside, Kane probably couldn’t crack 40 goals playing with Crosby. With Kadri, he might get 30.

    • anthj99 - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      I always love reading the ridiculous comments from a Leafs fan.

      • mrminkus - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Very true! Leafs fans seem to be in a perpetual state of fantasy. :)
        However, Jinx21fan also makes a good point. What is Kane really worth? IMHO, more than a 31 year-old aging winger with a history of injuries and shaky defensive skills. Less than a franchise player or two, which is what most Jets fans (and maybe Chevy) seem to expect.
        I have said this before, if Kane is traded, the return may not look that great at first, but in the long run, getting his bad attitude out of the dressing room, may be worth settling for a solid third liner and a draft pick.

  4. hines86for6 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Kane for Roman Josi, straight up.

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I think the way for a “plan B win/win” is if this is not workable, have a heart to heart and say, if you want out, you have to show prospective trade partners that they can have confidence you’ll perform. Play the best you can and we’ll see what opens up near the trade deadline.

    • pfpmb - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      Bingo!

  6. lowenni - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    TRADE HIM ALREADY he obviously doesn’t want to be there and has a sh**ty attitude, why would they want to keep him? Sure he’s got some serious talent but they can get some talent or depth in return for him, no reason to keep a distraction and negative influence around like that.

    • pfpmb - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      “Woo, that’s a Bingo!”

  7. tross16 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Trade him to jersey!

  8. crazemastercraze - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Super sick of Evander Kane trade or not trade stories. He’s just a big puss who can’t handle Manitoba weather.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Maybe he just can’t handle dick heads such as yourself.

      • crazemastercraze - Aug 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Pathetic troll. Get a life. Unemployed loser

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Why so sensitive? Did you get sand in your clit again?

  9. macsjets - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Trading Kane would put Winnipeg in a better position, financially, and to get the opportunity to concentrate on other players such as Pavelec and Petan.

    Kane is not putting up the numbers that he needs to be putting up for the Jets.

    The only thing about trading Kane now…is that he might turn out to be a 40-50 goal scorer somewhere else, he’s not doing it here and will never, so that might just be a risk you have to take?

  10. mcphillthy - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    If I was a GM I wouldnt offer anything substantial for E Kane. He played awful this past year, he has a horrible attitude and he is not a guy to build a team around. He would be a nice compliment to a high scoring center but I wouldn’t give up any future top notch prospects for him. Nor would I offer a low round first round pick. So far he is more risk than reward.
    I do recognize that he has talent but attitudes like that can ruin a locker room.

  11. joeman26 - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    like to see the B’s give Marchand and a D-Man for Kane

  12. jpat2424 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Sure go ahead. I’m sick of hearing about it

  13. quinner17 - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    LMFAO! Kane for Josi, you’re clueless

  14. djshnooks - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Myers and a 2nd round pick, for Kane.

    That’s definitely fair for both teams. Or…Myers and Hodgson for Kane and Byfuglien.

    • anthj99 - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Wow. No.

    • bullwinkle88 - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Absolutely not. Murray is very conscious about the attitude of the team…even more than the talent on the ice. Kane is just the kind of player he doesn’t want.

  15. djshnooks - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    No maybe not that second one, sorry.

  16. skoivu10 - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Arizona should take a chance at him. They need a goal scorer and hanzel and kane might work well.

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