Evander Kane Dealt to Buffalo in Blockbuster Trade
The few days of the Evander Kane saga with the Winnipeg Jets are finally over. After that controversial run-in with team mates when he showed up to practice in a track suit and being a healthy scratch in a game against his hometown team, the Vancouver Canucks, the Buffalo Sabres and Jets have finally worked out a deal today that involves the forward Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian being shipped to the Sabres for D-man Tyler Myers, forward Drew Stafford, two prospects, and a first-rounder for the 2015 NHL Draft.
Evander Kane is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to shoulder surgery. He had 14 goals and 25 points in 38 games this season. He has 109 goals and 222 points over the past six seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets.
Zach Bogosian has 3 goals and 13 points in 41 games this season for the Jets. Myers has 4 goals and 13 points in 47 games. Both have contracts through the 2018-19 season.
Drew Stafford has 9 goals and 24 points in 50 games. He is set to be a UFA at the end of the season.
Brendan Lemieux, who was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft, has 35 goals, 50 points, and 120 PIMs this season with the Barrie Colts of the OHL. The Jets have not signed him to an entry level contract and will need to do so before the 2016 NHL Draft.
Jason Kasdorf, a college goalie in his junior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is 9-14-0 with a .900 save percentage this season. The Sabres hold his rights while he remains in college and for 30 days after he leaves the school.
Joel Armia, selected by the Sabres in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft, has 10 goals and 25 points in 32 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL this season. He has only played one game for Buffalo this season.