The Buffalo Sabres have traded forward Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional first-round draft pick, a conditional fourth-round draft pick and a prospect.

The deal is a rare highlight on an otherwise quiet trade deadline day on Monday.

Kane was among the players rumoured to move and he’s been at the core of trade talk for the last while.

The 20-year-old has 20 goals and 40 points this season and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Kane’s best season to date came in 2011-2012 when he piled up 57 points in 74 games for the Winnipeg Jets.

The Sabres sat Kane on Saturday against the Capitals as word of a more imminent trade was beginning to circulate.

“It’s always difficult when you come to these situations when you’re taking 20 goals out of the lineup,” head coach Phil Housley said Saturday. “I understand the business part of it.”

Kane is in the final year of a six-year contract worth $31.5 million. It carries an annual hit of $5.25 million.

More to come…