The Vancouver Canucks haven’t been having the best of seasons and that fact was compounded on Saturday night after they blew a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks to lose the game by a final score of 4-3.
According to some reports, the club has been shopping around for solutions. And at the centre of trade talks over the past week was one Evander Kane.
The Canucks and Buffalo Sabres were talking things over regarding the forward, but things have died down per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
The Canucks, it turns out, were not willing to pay the steep price the Sabres were after for Kane.
The 25-year-old is a Vancouver native, so it’s tempting to tie him into trade talks with his hometown. But he’s also been associated with off-ice “difficulties,” depending on what side of the aisle you find yourself, and that alone can prove a distraction for the entire squad.
Kane recently made frantic headlines when he criticized the Sabres’ offence for becoming a “joke.”
In fairness, it’s hard to argue with that. The Sabres are 6-8-4 as of press time, with a dismal 33 goals scored. For those keeping track, that puts Buffalo in the basement in terms of offence. Even the wavering Colorado Avalanche have scored three more goals.
Kane has exactly zero goals and one point in seven games so far this season and his comments regarding the Sabres were as much directed at himself as anyone else on the roster.
The Canucks are in the midst of a rebuild and general manager Jim Benning isn’t even shy about using the word anymore, which is telling in and of itself because of his refusal to let go of the playoff dream. But at this point and time, the Canucks aren’t a playoff team.
And Kane is not a good fit.
It’s hard to imagine him having much of an impact in a city that can’t muster offence, plus it’s hard to imagine him escaping the headlines in a city that’s notoriously hard on players that don’t entirely follow the company line.
So yes, it’s a good thing the trade talks have died down. And it’s a good thing the Canucks are finally admitting to the rebuild process. Now, it’s time to begin with some genuine change.