3 Potential Destinations for Evander Kane

The Evander Kane sweepstakes will eventually begin as the San Jose Sharks and the NHLPA have some work to do still until Kane can hit the open market. With the sudden news of the contract termination intentions Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet is reporting there will be a ton of interest when Kane hits the open market.

The power forward has played five games in the American Hockey League this season and performed well, recording eight points. Last season he put up a career high in both goals and assists and it will be interesting to watch which contending teams take a flyer on the polarizing winger.

3 Teams Who Are Expected to Make Contract Offers

Nashville Predators: The Predators are on fire this season, sitting first in the Central division. They have some depth at center but could use another scoring winger for their top-six. With a leader like Roman Josi in the room, adding a personality like Kane could be handled. Expect to see the Preds involved.

Boston Bruins: The Bruins are a perfect fit for Kane who could provide another weapon for their second line. The Bruins have a strong dressing room and leadership group and having Kane and Brad Marchand on the same team to piss opponents off would be fun to watch. Kane scored 22 goals in 56 games last season, the Bruins could use some secondary scoring. Cap space may be an issue especially with the crease expected to get crowded next week with Tuukka Rask joining the NHL team. Regardless, the Bruins will have interest but will need to be creative.

Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are one of the surprises this season and are looking to add at the trade deadline. Signing Kane before late March would be a great jump on improving before the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Ducks management group knows Kane well from playing the San Jose Sharks so many times and know adding him to their team to line up against San Jose would give the player some serious motivation. The Ducks have cap space to make a multi-year deal work and this could be an interesting fit. 

Once Kane works out his contract termination with the Sharks, expect to see him hit the open market and a number of teams be interested in his services. These three may be involved and it's going to be entertaining to say the least to see this all shape up. It's nowhere close to being over just yet.

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