Asking price for Kane may be higher than first reported
Hockey insider Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 this morning and felt the need to make a correction to a previous report of what the Sabres are looking for in a deal for Evander Kane.
“If Buffalo gets a first (round pick), a prospect, a roster player and a conditional pick – which I was corrected on, frankly after I wrote that on Friday, they want a roster player in addition to the other three assets – for Evander Kane, a pending unrestricted free agent. If they get all that, or there’s a belief they get all that, imagine what the Leafs might get for JVR, Bozak, Komarov or all three…” he said. “…but the ‘own rental’ philosophy is probably more likely given the Toronto Maple Leafs’ position in the standings.”
Those comments were mentioned in this TSN.ca piece.
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) January 16, 2018
So, let’s break this down.
There’s a discrepancy in what sources are telling Dreger regarding the asking price. Big deal? No, not at all. What Jason Botterill wants six weeks before the February 26th trade deadline could bear little resemblance to what he’s willing to accept when the time comes.
Sabres fans should be glad they have someone in charge who wants to maximize the return and has no qualms about playing the negotiation game, rather than the previous general manager who made it a practice to give away assets like they were penny candy.
It’s unlikely Botterill can get everything he’s demanding right now for Kane, and that’s perfectly fine. I’d be more worried if he was asking for a lot less.