Report: Sabres, Canucks no longer discussing Kane trade

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The Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres are no longer discussing a trade involving Evander Kane, according to a tweet by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie did not elaborate on his tweet, confirming only that “there was talk” between the two teams, but that a trade is “no longer being pursued.”

Most likely, the two sides simply couldn’t agree on a return. We wrote yesterday about Kane. The 25-year-old winger is a tough player to value, for numerous reasons:

Because it’s not just his off-ice issues, which are certainly a factor. He’s also been injury-prone. And on top of everything else, he can become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2018.

Last night against Tampa Bay, Kane notched his first point of the season (an assist) in a 4-1 Sabres loss, then made waves afterwards with a remark about Buffalo’s lack of scoring.

“It must be a joke floating around the league: You score two goals against the Buffalo Sabres and you’re going to win the hockey game,” he said.

It wasn’t that he was wrong in his analysis; the Sabres have had all sorts of trouble scoring. In fact, they have the worst offense in the league. But for a player who doesn’t exactly need the extra attention, it was perhaps unnecessary to put it the way he did.

The Sabres are 0-4-2 since Kane returned to the lineup. He has no goals and one assist, with 11 shots.

He could still be traded. But unless something changes, he won’t be going home to Vancouver.

Related: Benning says Canucks could trade a d-man for scoring help