NHL Rumors: Leafs; Oilers among teams interested in Evander Kane, and Yotes motivated to trade Chychrun

The San Jose Sharks officially terminated Evander Kane’s deal Sunday night after placing him on unconditional waivers Saturday.

Kane’s deal was ended due to a COVID-19 violation. His agent and the NHLPA have filed a grievance on his behalf. While teams wait for the dust to settle on that situation, there has been reportedly no shortage of interest.

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NHL Rumors: Leafs and Oilers eyeing Evander Kane

The buzz on Kane is that he is good with signing a one year low-cost deal with a contender. There’s plenty of teams fitting that mold. Especially since most contenders are cap-strapped and can only afford to sign a player at minimal dollars.

“The Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to be one of several teams that are interested in signing Evander Kane to a one-year “show-me” contract,” Michael Traikos reported. “Carolina, Edmonton, Florida, Tampa Bay and Vegas are among the other teams reportedly interested in Kane’s services.”

Also, both Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger have noted that Oilers GM Ken Holland has contacted Dan Milstein, Kane’s agent.

Kane, 30, led the Sharks in goals (22) and assists (27) while appearing in all 56 games last season.

He has 264 goals and 242 assists in 769 career games for the Atlanta Thrashers (2009-11), Winnipeg Jets (2011-15), Buffalo Sabres (2015-18) and Sharks.

Coyotes may be motivated to move Chychrun soon

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Nov 20, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) celebrates the game winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in overtime at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is one of the hottest names on the NHL’s trade market.

Chychrun, 23, has just 7 points in 26 games but the Yotes’ this season and is dealing with an injury. Last year was a breakout with 41 points in 56 games. The left-handed rearguard has three years left on a cap friendly deal of $4.6 million.

Jeff Marek noted on Saturday that at least 10 teams have made offers.

“A couple of offers have given the Coyotes cause for pause,” Marek said. “Here’s what they are looking for in exchange. It’s not unlike the old Brent Burns deal, which was Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, and a first round pick. So what the Coyotes are looking for is a young player, a high-end prospect, plus a first round pick.”

Marek also added the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and Anaheim Ducks have the prospects and desire to make that deal.

On the latest 32 Thoughts Podcast, he and Elliotte Friedman said that the Coyotes may be even more motivated to trade him before he comes off the injured list. They fear another injury could hurt their plans going forward.