Stats: 47GP 16G 20A 36PTS
Cost of Acquisition: High
Evander Kane was the first player officially on this year’s trade deadline market. He also might be the most talented. All personal issues aside, Evander Kane is one of the most gifted wingers in the NHL. He has never been on a good team, either. Now, that’s not to say that Kane’s attitude couldn’t be toxic to a winning locker room, but it’s also equally as likely that a winning environment could completely change Kane’s attitude. Coming to a team like the Penguins, Kane would be able to work with two of the best centers in the world. I think the opportunity to play for a championship would render a completely different Evander Kane.
The Penguins have expressed interest in Kane according to Elliotte Friedman. The price might be a little too rich for the Penguins (rumored to be four assets). However, Kane is just 26 years old and still in the prime of his career. He is a rental, but should not be treated as such. If the Penguins were to acquire Kane, they should make certain they could extend him.
Realistically, I think there are many other teams that could muster up better offers than the Penguins, but the same could’ve been said for Kessel. If there’s a deal to be made, it would have to involve a roster player like Hagelin to move out salary, as well as a first round draft pick, and probably a highly-regarded prospect like Daniel Sprong.
Would I trade all of that for Kane? It’s hard to say, but if the Penguins can get away with a deal that doesn’t include Sprong, I would pull the trigger without hesitation. Evander Kane would put the Penguins over the top.