The big hockey news of the past week was the big trade between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres that saw Evander Kane head to upstate New York in exchange for…a lot of stuff.
A second shocker occurred later in the week, as Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman mentioned in his 30 Thoughts column that the Flames were indeed involved in some discussions with the Jets regarding Evander Kane’s services.
So how close do we think they got and what would their offer have looked like?
Two key quotes from Friedman’s Thoughts first:
13. You have to look at the big one as two trades. The
first is straight up: Zach Bogosian for Tyler Myers. The second is
Evander Kane for Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a
first-round pick. Now how do you feel?
14. The two most likely players (with term) to be
moved were Kane and Myers, and now they are off the board. So, who else
was in? Calgary certainly was in on both, with the Jets and Sabres
intrigued by the Flames’ youth at centre.
But the southern Albertans were unwilling to pay a very high price
that focused on at least one, if not an attempt at both, of Sam Bennett
and Sean Monahan. (You can’t blame someone for asking.) It might have
ended up being one and a more experienced middleman like Mikael
Backlund, but that’s a lot. Centres are hard to find. The moment you
trade them, you’re looking for them.
So, let’s look at the trade now: Evander Kane for Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a first round pick. So a similar deal would’ve had a strong winger, a couple top prospects and a first.
So for Calgary, the closest equivalent would be Glencross or Hudler, plus a combination of two of Sven Baertschi, Emile Poirier, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett, and a first round pick.
It’s not shocking that the Flames didn’t land Kane given what the Sabres offer ended up being and what the Flames offer would have had to be to be competitive with their bid. The Flames have some depth in terms of talented young forwards. Would you blow all of that up in order to get Evander Kane?