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Dreger: 'Nash might complicate things for the Sabres'

Evander Kane is no longer the only big name on the trade market

February 09, 2018 - 12:58 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

The NHL trade deadline is just about two weeks away on Monday, February 26th at 3 p.m.

For much of the season, Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane was the only big name known to be on the trade market. Now, they have some competition.

It was reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie that the New York Rangers asked for forward Rick Nash to give them his 18-team no trade list, and would focus on trading him to one of the other 13 teams. McKenzie added this a few days later:

If that's the asking price for Nash, Kane may be the more attractive trade piece. Kane and Nash both have 16 goals this season, but Kane has 10 more assists, and is seven years younger. Not to mention that Nash has a $7.8 million cap hit this year, and Kane's is just $5.25 million. Another advantage for the Sabres is Kane's lack of a no movement clause. The Sabres can trade Kane to any of the other 30 teams.

Both players will be free agents at the end of the year.

TSN's Darren Dreger shed some more insight into the trade market, and what the outlook is for an Evander Kane trade. Here is some of what he had to say with Andrew Peters, Craig Rivet and Marty Biron on The Instigators on Friday:

On Nash's availability effecting the market:
"The quality of players on the market, such as Rick Nash, may complicate things for the Sabres right now. There's still a decent enough market, but Botterill might not get what he's hoping to get."

On the Kane asking price:
"The original ask for Evander Kane has been three pieces, and Jason Botterill hasn't gotten any offers like that yet. Now the market has grown, which has created some tension."

On Kane's production dropping:
"The fact that Evander Kane's production has dipped has been a deterrent, but we might start to see some activity two weeks leading up to the deadline. That may make things interesting for a potential Kane trade."

You can hear all of Dreger's conversation below:

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