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How much is a flawed asset like Evander Kane worth?

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Evander Kane is a flawed asset. For all his talent, which is considerable, after what happened last week, there are major concerns about the 23-year-old’s ability to fit in with teammates.

And make no mistake, that’s a big deal in hockey, where a group-first attitude and a willingness to buy in to a team approach are held in high regard.

Even those who are rolling their eyes right now and believe the concerns about Kane are overblown can agree that, to at least some degree, those concerns stand to hinder Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, who’s expected to trade the young winger, either prior to the March 2 deadline or during the offseason.

Making matters even more challenging for Cheveldayoff? Kane just had shoulder surgery. So that’s another thing a potential trading partner will have to be convinced to, if not completely ignore, at least not worry too much about.

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the “standard asking price” for “a very good young player with a friendly contract” like Kane is a “young NHL player, a grade-A prospect and a first-round draft pick.”

At first glance, that seems like a pretty big haul for a potential problem child like Kane. But let’s not forget, it wasn’t too long ago that some were calling Jeff Carter “completely untradeable” when he was unhappy in Columbus.

Carter, of course, ended up netting the Jackets Jack Johnson and a first-round pick, then won a couple of Stanley Cups in L.A.

That’s not to say Kane’s story will end up like Carter’s, or that they’re of equal worth. The point is, Cheveldayoff still has a pretty valuable asset to peddle.

As the Press writes, “Evander Kane will get traded. Maybe now or maybe in the summer. But it won’t be a yard sale.”

Goalie nods: Red-hot McElhinney faces desperate Kings

All the latest from the blue paint…

Jackets roll with McElhinney

Curtis McElhinney will start his third straight game when the Blue Jackets host the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings in Columbus tonight.

McElhinney, propelled into starting duties with Sergei Bobrovsky injured, has been excellent as of late; over the weekend, he earned back-to-back starts against St. Louis and Ottawa and played extremely well, stopping 66 of 68 shots for a .971 save percentage (and a pair of wins: 7-1 over the Blues and 4-1 over the Sens).

The 31-year-old, who’s a UFA at season’s end, has been pretty steady for Columbus this season and received plenty of playing time given Bobrovsky’s recurring health woes. McElhinney’s 7-8-1 on the year with a 2.77 GAA and .915 save percentage.

For the Kings, Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start in goal. L.A. heads into tonight’s action five points back of eighth-place Calgary in the Western Conference.

Elsewhere…

Oilers at Devils: Ben Scrivens vs. Cory Schneider

Canucks at Wild: Ryan Miller vs. Devan Dubnyk

Coyotes at ‘Hawks: Mike Smith vs. Antti Raanta

Flames at Sharks: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.

Kings’ Martinez (concussion) listed as day-to-day

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L.A. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez is suffering from concussion symptoms following a hit from Lightning forward Cedric Paquette Saturday night.

The hit occurred in the first period of the Kings’ 4-2 win in Tampa Bay.

Paquette hit Martinez shoulder-to-shoulder, but Martinez hit his head on the glass.

Martinez missed time earlier in the season due to a finger injury.

The 27-year-old has five goals and 17 points in 45 games this season while averaging 20:26 in time on ice.

L.A. is back in action Monday night when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Video: Kings’ Martinez injured by Lightning’s Paquette

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The Los Angeles Kings won on Saturday, but it wasn’t all good news against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they lost Alec Martinez to an upper-body injury.

The full extent of the issue is still fuzzy at this time, as LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen notes.

Here’s video of the check, which did not draw a penalty for Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette:

Muscles flexed? Kings chase Bolts’ Bishop, hold on for win

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One strong or weak period doesn’t make or break an 82-game season, obviously, but the Los Angeles Kings looked mighty for the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s match against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With three goals on nine shots, the Kings chased Ben Bishop from the Lightning net.

This 3-0 goal in the waning moments probably did Bishop in:

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been hot lately, so the Lightning likely hope that he can stop the bleeding for a comeback. So far, it’s a good start, as Nikita Kucherov batted in a puck early in the second period to make it 3-1.

Update: The Lightning made things interesting, but a Justin Williams goal sealed the deal for a 4-2 Los Angeles win.

The only concern for the Kings tonight is that Alec Martinez went down with an injury. At the moment, it’s unclear how severe it is, but another defenseman down would be a big problem.