How much is a flawed asset like Evander Kane worth?


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.”

(Video) PHT Extra: We’ve finally started doubting the Kings


For most of the season, Brough and I shrugged off concerns about the slumping L.A. Kings. Don’t worry, we said. They’ll be fine, we said. Defending Stanley Cup champs, we said.

Not anymore.

Having won just four games since Christmas, the Kings are in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs and becoming the first reigning champ to miss the subsequent postseason since Carolina in 2007.

What’s more, the club’s terrible cap situation could prevent GM Dean Lombardi from pulling another trade deadline rabbit out of his hat, like in 2012 (with Jeff Carter) and last spring (with Marian Gaborik.)

In related news, Brayden McNabb — seen in the above video making an egregious mistake — will be replaced in the lineup tonight versus Florida by Jamie McBain.

This will be a milestone night for several Flyers


Tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be a night to remember for several members of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek, who both joined the Flyers in the summer of 2011 as part of the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter trades respectively, will each reach the 500-game milestone.

“Oh yeah, I knew it was coming,” Simmonds told CSN Philly. “That’s a big milestone. Well, in my eyes, anyway. In my mind, that’s a lot of games.”

Voracek is just 25 years old and Simmonds turned 26 in August, so it’s not hard to picture both of them playing in another 500 contests, especially given how they’ve performed this season. Voracek has 17 goals and a league-leading 58 points while Simmonds has 18 goals and 31 points in 50 contests.

If goaltender Steve Mason starts as anticipated, it will also be his 100th game with Philadelphia. He struggled for years in Columbus after an impressive debut season, but has a 2.43 GAA and .921 save percentage over his tenure with the Flyers.

Philadelphia is going for its fourth straight win tonight while Toronto is trying to end its losing streak at eight games.

Crawford won’t talk interference ‘because I’m probably going to get (expletive) fined’


Down 3-2 late in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Los Angeles Kings managed to pull off an impressive comeback with two goals in the final 6:11 minutes. The first of those, scored by Tyler Toffoli, was controversial though as Kings forward Jeff Carter appeared to bump into Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

You can see that marker below:

After the contest, Crawford was naturally pressed for a comment on if he felt it was goalie interference and while his opinion seems evident, he didn’t want to spell it out.

“I’m not going to talk about that because I’m probably going to get (expletive) fined,” Crawford said, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc.

“It sucks,” Crawford said on the game as a whole, according to LA Kings Insider. “I mean, it’s frustrating. I thought we played a good game. We give up two quick ones at the end. I guess everyone can pretty much tell how we feel about that one. So there is no point in explaining it.”

The Kings and Blackhawks have been two of the most successful franchises in recent years, but this season Los Angeles has struggled to find itself. This victory could be a critical turning point for the Kings as they fight to squeeze into the playoffs. If they do so then we might end up seeing these two squads meet in the postseason for the third straight year. The last two series were for a berth into the Stanley Cup Final with Chicago winning in 2013 and Los Angeles in 2014.

Struggling Kings complete the comeback against Blackhawks


Could it be the turning point in their season?

The L.A. Kings looked to be in serious trouble against the Chicago Blackhawks in the finale of Rivalry Night on Wednesday. Jonathan Quick had just allowed an iffy goal from Andrew Shaw less than three minutes into the third period, giving the visiting Blackhawks their third lead of the night.

Just when it looked like the Kings were on their way to another loss, the comeback started.

It was completed with a 4-3 victory for L.A. It might be January, but this felt like an extension of the previous two playoff series contested between these teams.

Tyler Toffoli, back after missing six games due to mono, scored the tying goal with Jeff Carter — he had a pair of goals tonight — standing right in Corey Crawford’s face. There was contact between them, as Carter bumped the head of Crawford.

Jake Muzzin was given credit for the fourth L.A. goal, which came less than three minutes after the Kings tied it.

It’s a big win for the Kings. Huge, even.

Trailing in the third period, they were looking at a wasted opportunity to get within one point of the Calgary Flames for the final Wild Card spot in the West. Then, all of a sudden, the comeback. The win puts them right behind the Flames and struggling Vancouver Canucks.

Now, kind of a goofy moment in the second period courtesy of Brent Seabrook, who was called for closing his hand on the puck, which was stuck under him for a few seconds as he sat on the ice in the defensive end.

According to the NHL:

A player shall be permitted to catch the puck out of the air but must immediately place it or knock it down to the ice. If he catches it and skates with it, either to avoid a check or to gain a territorial advantage over his opponent, a minor penalty shall be assessed for “closing his hand on the puck”.

A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who, while play is in progress, picks up the puck off the ice with his hand.