Mr. Oster says there is no truth to the report, and he plans to meet with Jets management this weekend in Pittsburgh regarding Evander Kane.
— Illegal Curve Hockey (@IllegalCurve) June 19, 2012
Over the weekend, trade speculation swirled wildly after RDS’s Renaud P. Lavoie tweeted that a Jets player informed him that Kane was not interested in negotiating a new contract with Winnipeg. Naturally, fans of the other 29 teams went into a frenzy proposing fantasy trades and proclaiming that their team’s GM “better do what it takes to get Evander Kane,” because honestly, which team wouldn’t a 30-goal scorer fit on?
Thankfully, Oster put some of the madness to rest quickly by stating he would meet with Jets management regarding Kane and saying the report of him wanting out was untrue.
Evander Kane’s value to the Winnipeg Jets as the franchise’s cornerstone to build around is pretty much a given. Having GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s hand forced in a trade would be devastating to the organization, as fearless goal-scoring power forwards don’t grow on trees. Getting Kane signed to a long-term deal should be and is the Jets’ number one priority this summer.
Although we can relax for a little bit now, there are still numbers to be hammered out and papers to be signed. A deal is not done yet and if Kane’s agent is not meeting with the Jets’ front office until the weekend of the draft, it could take some time before an agreement is reached.
What we do know is that Evander Kane will most likely be a Jet and at least for now, the trade talk can go away.