Though those reports are conflicting, depending on who you talk to, it still appears there is a chance that the Jets could field offers for the 20-year-old winger, at the very least. Though he could still work out a deal, the Jets might be able to bring in quite a haul for him, and could choose to go that route.
Should the Jets choose to start shopping Kane, then the Chicago Blackhawks should be among the first teams on the phone to find out an asking price.
Kane is still very young, but has improved greatly in each of his first three years in the National Hockey League. This season was his best, with 57 points and six power play goals. Where Kane would really add to this team is something that the Hawks really lack up on the forward ranks: the physical game.
In 74 games last season, Kane tallied 173 hits on the year. Adding that type of presence to the top six, on top of the offensive skill Kane brings to the lineup, would be an absolutely brilliant move for Stan Bowman and the Hawks.
It remains to be seen if the Hawks would even be interested in pulling off a big trade like that. We haven’t seen it yet from Bowman, and I’m not so sure that we will anytime soon. If it ends up happening, though, the Blackhawks certainly have the pieces to pull off a deal.
With one of the better farm systems in the NHL, the Hawks have youngsters to deal, particularly at forward. They’d need to get creative with the money in order to lock Kane up, which would certainly mean the end of Niklas Hjalmarsson in Chicago, if we haven’t seen the end already.
At this point, it’s probably just a pipe dream for Hawks fans that Evander Kane could be in a Blackhawks sweater this season. But there’s no denying it would be a great fit and is an avenue that Stan Bowman and the Hawks at least need to explore, even if they’re unable to make it work.