Evander Kane Gone: Jets-Sabres Blockbuster Trade

According to reports, the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets have agreed in principal on a trade that will have a major impact on the Western Conference playoff picture this season – and Buffalo’s future.

Evander Kane

Headed to Winnipeg:

  • D Tyler Myers, who turned 24 on Feb. 1, has 13 points in 47 games with the Sabres this year.
  • F Drew Stafford, 28, has 24 points in 50 games with Buffalo this season.
  • F Joel Armia, 21, was the 16th overall pick in the 2011 Draft. This season, he has 10 goals and 15 assists in 33 games with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate.
  • F Brendan Lemieux, who will turn 19 in mid-March, was the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 Draft. He has 35 goals and 15 assists in 46 games with the Barrie Colts in the OHL this season.
  • The first round pick the Jets would acquire will be lowest of three picks held by the Sabres.

Headed to Buffalo:

  • F Evander Kane, who will be 24 when next season begins, was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 Draft. He had 10 goals and 12 assists in 37 injury-plagued games this season with the Jets, but shoulder surgery will reportedly end his 2014-15 campaign.
  • D Zach Bogosian, 24, was the third overall pick in the 2008 Draft. The defenseman has 13 points in 41 games this season.
  • G┬áJason Kasdorf, 22, is an unsigned college prospect. The Jets selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft, and he is currently in his third season at RPI.

The Jets (66 points) currently hold the first wildcard spot in the Western Conference playoff race and trail the Blackhawks by three points; Chicago has two games in-hand entering Wednesday night’s action.

31 thoughts on “Evander Kane Gone: Jets-Sabres Blockbuster Trade

  • February 11, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Wow definitely a blockbuster, best player is Kane going to Buffalo. It will be interesting to see how good the prospects turn out to be.

    Lindos for Forsberg? When the Philly got Lindros from Quebec it seemed like steal. However Froppa was the HOG player not Lindros

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Looks like Jets got some depth and got rid of a talented knucklehead.

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:07 am

    And Now you know why Sabres suck…
    what an awful trade for Buff. Kane- problem child…

    Jets can lots of Young/cheap talent… pick, Armia, Lemieux- and rid of head ache.

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Evander Kane is an enormous talent. It he can get his head and maturity straight, then he can become an elite-level talent in the NHL. I’m blown away by this deal, but Winnipeg’s hand was forced. Wow.

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I thought that defenseman Bogosian looked really good against the hawks and he is only 24. Wow.

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:30 am

    this is awesome sort of hint for Hawks . . . Maple Leafs’ Horachek benches Kessel: ‘We’ve got to expect more out of his line’ , Wow, thats an executive mandate! 21 goals and 47 points . . . do more! Like that sort of speaks to MY expectations for our Top players at times.

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Buffalo knows they’re not getting Patrick Kane, right?

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I think Winnipeg got better, at least in the short term like this season. Kane was not going to play the rest of this season anyway and Bogosian – Myers is a wash at best if not a win for the Jets. Then they add Stafford who is a legit top-9 if not top-6 winger.

    Years from now it may look like Buffalo got the better of the deal if (big IF) Kane ever get’s his head on straight and can kick the injury bug – but I don’t care about years from now or Buffalo – I care that the Hawks divisional competition just got better.

    Ding dong … Stan, are you home? Hello?

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

    SB- Should now offer Buff. The “Co-Kane Deal”!!!

    Kane/TT for Kane and McEichel and Bogosian…. SB will still Save $$$

  • February 11, 2015 at 11:52 am

    @ Wall Do you watch other teams or just follow the Hawks?

    Awful deal for Buffalo? Really this a great deal for them! Not only did Buffalo get the best player in the deal but they got the 2nd best player too Bogosian. Having Evander on IR lets them continue to suck this year for the top pick and sheds them of 2 decent NHL players in Stafford and Myers which will allow allow them to suck!

    If the deal is Bogosian for Myers straight up its a buffalo win! Like I said earlier the prospects are always a crap shoot

  • February 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Brendan Lemieux is the son of everyone’s favorite NHL nice guy Claude Lemieux!

  • February 11, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    SSHM- w due respect… Prospects are a crap-shoot… agreed… but trading for a KNOWN headcase… that’s not a crap-shoot!!!

    The Jets got 3 young prospects (one will be a 1st rounder- in a great Draft class)
    and two guys who can play now- Kane won’t be playing this year…

    Jets acted quickly- to make the best deal they could…
    Turning lemon (kane) into lemonade

  • February 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    This is an all-in deal for Winnipeg, who are banking on the change of scenery giving Myers a jump and him replacing Bogosian immediately while Stafford – though he’s frustratingly inconsistent – can play the rest of the way while Kane would have been on IR and an ongoing headache.

    Winnipeg has a nice stable of prospects coming along as well that will give them a nice bounce when they let guys like Frolik walk. This was a strong move for the Jets.

    Buffalo lands a legit power forward and a less frustrating defenseman. It’s an intriguing play by the Sabres given how unhappy Kane was in Winnipeg, but could pay enormous dividends if he can figure it out.

  • February 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I think this was a win/maybe win deal with WPG on the better end. But this was really a good move for both teams.

    Myers/Bogosian is a wash (Bogo probably the better end)… so win BUF

    i will admit i dont know anything about Kasdorf, but seems like a throw in (maybe for roster # purposes or something)

    and to break down the rest of the rest of the deal- Kane for Armia, Lemuiex, Pick….

    Kane is a top talent. He should be 30+ goal guy every year…but he’s not there for whatever reason. Maybe he needs a new place, he gets that in BUF (and he will play with McDavid/Eichl next year).

    WGP does lose a lot of talent here, but also losses the headcase while picking up stafford, a guy who can help the roster now. Armia has underperformed vs his draft potential, so Buf gave him up to get a top talent. The pick will be a lower pick (probably the blues pick), so its a crap shoot at that point in the draft… Lemuiex has been very good, but who know how he develops.

    So, on paper, Buffalo gave up a TON, so win for WPG there… but if Armia/Lemuiex/the Pick dont pan out for WPG… it was Kane for Stafford… and that would be good for Buf.

  • February 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Wall, “Kane/TT for Kane and McEichel and Bogosian” – good one!

  • February 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Can someone tell me why Evander Kane is a headcase? Besides the Winnipeg Media using a black athlete as a whipping post, the guy has really done nothing. Instagraming a picture of himself in Vegas with a wad of cash turned the town into a frenzy and they’ve been attacking him since. He’s an insanely talented player that has been bit by the injury bug as of late. This “headcase” business is ridiculous.

  • February 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    JS – I think the headcase label is more of an immaturity thing that could be related to not wanting to play in Winnipeg – like the latest incident of not following team dress code. I think that will go away, but I would be more concerned about injuries because the only season he played every game was the 12/13 lockout season. In the full seasons he’s been in the league he’s played 66, 73, 74, 63, and now only 37 games this season. He kind of reminds me of Taylor Hall in that respect – that he plays with such wild abandon that he gets nicked up a lot.

  • February 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Does the acquisition of Stafford enable #33 to move back to the point (his preferred position)? Buff did move back to wing in Vancouver after the latest Kane incident.

    Anyone see Buff’s OT winner vs. Wild last night? Or his screen in front of the goalie on the other Jets goal?

  • February 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    On a hawks note, would anybody be interested in acquiring Methot? 27/32 pairing has been lackluster at best

  • February 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Buffalo wasn’t done. The Sabres have traded Jhonas Enroth to Dallas for Anders Lindback and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2016.

  • February 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    What Tim said. Not counting prospects/1st pick.
    I look at it who is better E Kane and Bogo or Myers and Staff.
    What matter is right now/this yr/couple yrs coming (prospects/pick arnt ready yet).
    WIN did not get better. They were going to trade something for a FW replacement for E Kane anyways.

  • February 11, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Ernie, I want to for Method/similar.
    At 50%retained caphit is 1.9, we have that.
    Keep no waiver guys not on 23man. Waive/trade 34.

  • February 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Holeee, Moleee…Winnipeg good move..Right side D Myers 6 foot 8 220, Buff 6 foot 5 260, Trouba 6 foot 2 200, Left side Chiarot 6 foot 3 215, Stuart 6 foot 2 213…yikes.

  • February 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    All four players (roster) in trade have size.

  • February 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Myers is overrated. Sure he’s played on some bad Buffalo teams. Sure he’s a right shot. Sure he’s big. He has regressed statistically every year since his rookie year. Maybe a change of scenery does him some good. But I look at him in a similar sense I do Chris Stewart. At a certain point, you just gotta produce and he hasnt. Bogosian is somewhat similar in that regard.

  • February 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Morrison- Methot has a cap hit of 3.0 with a salary of 3.75. At 50% retained his hit would be 1.5. The bigger thing though is he is an expiring contract. If he’s healthy enough to contribute, which has to be a concern for him. I’d be interested to hear what Ottawa wants for him. Obviously there is already a logjam of defenseman that arent waiver exempt. With TvR sounding like he may be back for the playoffs (still skeptical), it adds another player. I know TvR is waiver exempt. But they still have a logjam. Would Ottawa be interested in a return of Rundblad or Erixon? Would they be willing to take on the expiring contracts of Roszival or Oduya?

    Also, does Teuvo staying and Versteeg returning mean Shaw moves to wing?

  • February 11, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I must have read that on someonelses post and didn’t look it up. That’s even better.

  • February 11, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    friend of mine from Buffalo texted me and said Kane and McDavid will form a nice pair.

    I replied : but they are not Kane and Toews, The end.

  • February 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    The difference between 86 and 42 for the 3 wks to deadline is only .033 so I would say 65 yea and 29/86/23. Q will see what he likes. This is the first time we have had 10 and 23 at the same time in 8wks (and 86) all together.

    Tab is on to a trade no one else/thinks sees coming (right now).

  • February 11, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I think there is something brewing as well.

  • February 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I’ll admit that I am a huge Evander Kane fan. I know Kane carries some baggage but honestly i’m not sure what he has done to warrant the bad rap he actually gets. I really think its a race/immaturity thing. On Winnipeg radio the noise was the Jet’s were upset Kane opted for a surgery vs playing through for the playoff push. I get playing injured but the playoffs are nearly 2 months away. That’s asking a bit much IMO. I think the Jets haven’t done the kid any favors with the media.

    Kane ‘s only 23 years old and has over 100 NHL goals(109). Drew Stafford has played in 202 more games and only has 36 more! I guess it boils down to if you are a Kane fan or not, personally I am so i like the move for Buffalo

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