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Are Sharks Looking to Trade Evander Kane?

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“Good luck.”

That’s what one NHL executive thinks about the San Jose Sharks’ chances of winning an Evander Kane trade.

“Sources indicate significant friction built up between Kane and a number of his teammates last season,” Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff wrote, “frustration that was expressed clearly to management in exit interviews.”

For that reason, Kane was No. 5 in Seravalli’s “Trade Targets” column today. Seravalli did not expand on the nature of the friction or if the San Jose Sharks are actively looking to deal the winger.

On one hand, Kane enjoyed a career campaign, potting a team-leading 22 goals and winning the media-voted Team MVP.

On the other hand? Considering the 29-year-old’s locker room history — he’s worn out welcomes in previous NHL stops Atlanta/Winnipeg and Buffalo — this isn’t shocking.

“He’s been known to bring turmoil into a team and not bring a team together,” said another NHL source familiar with Kane, “and that seems to have continued.”

This is another bump in a rough year for the San Jose Sharks.

Because of the pandemic, San Jose was unable to truly celebrate their 30th anniversary season at home, spending the first month-and-a-half of the season entirely on the road and the rest of the year in a mostly-empty SAP Center. Their expensive roster missed the playoffs once again, just the third time in franchise history that the Sharks have missed the post-season in back-to-back campaigns. And now, it’s fair to wonder about the team’s locker room culture and whether or not that’s actually in a good place.

So what would a Sharks trade involving Kane look like?

As the executive indicated to San Jose Hockey Now, don’t expect a lot. Yes, Kane’s production has been unimpeachable — he’s enjoyed six-straight 20-goal seasons, doubly impressive considering the last two years were shortened.

That’s not the only good: Kane was one of the founders of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and the San Jose Sharks’ nominee for the 2020 King Clancy Trophy.

But there’s also the threat of locker room drama, the outside noise from his bankruptcy proceedings, and four seasons left on a massive seven-year contract.

A $7 million dollar cap hit is fair for a consistent scorer of Kane’s ilk. It’s the baggage that begs the question: Is it worth it?

It sounds like the answer will be no if Kane indeed hits the trade block.

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aj

I can’t say I’m surprised. There’s been talk of this since he signed his deal and many point to him as a prime reason why Pavs left. Wilson is in for a heck of ride to finish the back end of his GM tenure.

The Masala Slapper

Sorry, what about Pavs? I understood he left because he wanted a 3-year deal and DW offered 2.

David Krueger

I agree. How about Kane, Korenar, and possibly a late round draft pick to Dallas for Pavs and Khudobin? Sharks gain the 3rd line center and goalie they need, plus trade a controversial player for two popular team-first leaders. Dallas avoids losing Khudobin for nothing to the Kraken and can expose Korenar to protect Bishop and Oettinger. Pavs and Kane both make $7m next year and both scored about 50 pts last year. Dallas gets younger. Sharks get future cap space. Pavs and Khudobin are older but are on short contracts. Stopgaps until propspects are ready. Sharks could pick Wallstedt… Read more »

Alexander Luu

i thought Kane turned a new leaf when he joined the sharks, i guess i was wrong :/

david barnard

you watch him play and he gives maximum effort most nights. he sticks up for TM’s on the ice. he got his self control on the ice under control this season in order to be on the ice where he could help the team out more. i don’t get it. is it that he’s just an arrogant ass? because you do see that side of him just in the way he expresses himself at times. there’s also the reported off ice issues in his conduct. more locker room “culture” issues is very disappointing to read about.

david barnard

okay, Merzlikins and a 1st for Kane! they (CBJ) want scoring punch and are willing to trade him (Merzlikins) according to rumor mill.

Last edited 1 month ago by david barnard
david barnard

it would be 1 of their add’l picks (TOR or TBL), so late round, essentially a 2nd round pick. i think that’s more than fair market value for an under 30 yo proven high level goal scorer. and he’s much more than that. how many 30+ goal scorers have his physical presence on the ice? he’s fast and tough. now that he’s shown he can control himself on the ice he’s less of an on-ice liability risk. i’ll concede the off-ice risks.

timorous me

I would just say that I think with the mentality that still pervades much of the front offices of NHL clubs, it wouldn’t surprise me if no one would offer anything for Kane with the money and years left on his contract.

whiskerz

Honestly I’d rather trade Couture at this point, I have a sneaky feeling it’s those two that aren’t seeing eye to eye along with Vlasic and Karlsson

Connor Kessler

Agreed. Love cooch, but he’s been a dud captain and doesn’t really have the personality for it. Kane has been our best player since he showed up in many ways. I don’t blame Kane of the rumors are true. The people making huge bucks need to carry their weight. I don’t want Kane forced out. I want the people getting free paychecks to step up and help him. But of Kane WANTS out, I don’t blame him for that either. He came to SJ to build a competitive team, he even wrote a massive open letter to Tavares to try… Read more »

Ken Mello

If this is true it should be the last nail in the coffin for DW. You should be able to trade the contract due to the on ice production but return on a trade would be pennies on the dollar.

david barnard

i bet GM’s would’ve paid heavily to get the other Kane, even when he was under the gun for his (ahem) “off ice issues” with women.

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The Masala Slapper

What “baggage”? I dunno, Sheng, this seems like a flimsy lead. The team was a disaster this year, Kane was going through a public bankruptcy — and he still managed a 30-goal pace. Unless the off-ice issues are truly horrific, I don’t see how they’re news.

timorous me

Well, he does have an unsavory history of incidents with women, and it’s easy to understand how this bankruptcy stuff is unsettling, but I also think he has baggage in the sense of his personality and the way it doesn’t jibe with the prevailing attitude of NHL teams who want their players to be quiet and hard-working and not stir things up. And I absolutely think there was some racism (even subconscious) that led to this perception of Kane in the first place. But his reputation, after his time in Winnipeg, for instance, has stuck.

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Connor Kessler

Seems like a pretty shock-value article. If Kane was a dud in productivity, I would give the idea of him being on the way out more weight. But he isn’t a dud, and honestly, I would argue he’s been our best player since he arrived in SJ, and certainly the only one earning his money of the big contracts we have. We don’t know the nature of the friction or of its even that real, but if it is, surely any expressed frustration from Kane is warranted. In many ways he’s put this team on his back at times, I… Read more »

Ty Comes

I’m just guessing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was beef with Vlasic and maybe Burns. Seems like he gets along great with everyone else on the team? Like, the real flip side of all this is that it’s the player(s) who complained that are the problem? It’s strange cuz I know he was looked up to and a role model for the young players and really embraced that opportunity to mentor etc. I understand there’s a “history” of alleged behavior in the past that is at play here, it influences perceptions of what little info does come to… Read more »

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