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The Undying Rumour of Evander Kane to Montreal

Evander Kane rumored to be traded to the Habs

Since May 10th 2012, the name Evander Kane has been linked to the Montreal Canadiens in many trade rumours. After more than 2 years now, the 22 year old powerforward is still a Winnipeg Jets and it’s no secret that he wishes to be someplace else.

Kevin Cheveldayoff, Winnipeg’s GM, has been more than patient with his core players (Kane, Byfuglien, Wheeler, Ladd, Little and Bogosian) despite missing the playoff three years in a row now. He also didn’t make any significant trade or any big splash on the free market. Patience is a virtue but for their fan base, patience is running out.

It’s been widely reported on Twitter and other social media that Cheveldayoff is looking for a young top-four defenseman or a young top 6 forward in exchange for E. Kane.

This reminds me of Bobby Ryan’s situation before he got traded to Ottawa. His name has been in trade rumours for a full two seasons before being shipped for two unproven prospects with a lot of potential and a 1st round draft pick and back then, apparently the asking price for Ryan was a proven top-six forward, a top-four defenseman and a prospect or a high draft pick.

If Murray wasn’t able to get what he was looking for, I doubt Cheveldayoff will get what he wants considering the many off-ice issues of his young star sniper.

Evander Kane is exactly the kind of player the Habs need for their top-six. Young, big, fast, physical, gritty, can even play on the penalty kill and when the situation calls for it, he can also drop the gloves.

On the other hand, he’s also exactly the kind of personality the Habs are not looking for.

An organization now built on character, work ethic and attitude combined with a city where the media will burn on the public place any player who doesn’t act like a priest off the ice might not be the best place in the world for a player like Kane.

Or maybe it is…

Some would argue that if there’s one team and one city where a player can’t feel bigger than the team or the fan base, it’s Montreal. With all our history, all those great players who are still around the organization, I’m not sure any player could come here and pretend to be a superstar. It’s a different story for cities like Atlanta or Winnipeg.

Even if I’m not a big fan of Michel Therrien, I have to admit that he can be a pain in the neck for players who think they can do things their way which is another reason why Kane might be a great fit after all. With his new contract extension, players are now aware that he’s not going anywhere and they have to follow his game plan.

Having said that, I’m not advocating that Marc Bergevin should make a move for E. Kane…at least not at the asking price of Cheveldayoff.

It would be more than a surprise if Montreal would be willing to give away core players with good work ethics, character and attitude, like Plekanec or Gallagher, for a player that comes with too many question marks…but then again, if Josh Gorges, who many Habs fans saw as the next Captain, has been traded for a draft pick…anything can happen.

If we take a look at the latest trades involving big names in the NHL like Spezza, Ryan, Neal, Kesler, St-Louis, Vanek, Moulson or Seguin…teams that traded those players rarely got anything more than some players with potential and picks. I don’t see why it would be any different in this case.

Let me make this clear, I don’t have any contact, source or knowledge about what’s being said out there involving trades. I’m just asking some questions:

– Will there ever be any places for Beaulieu, Pateryn and Tinordi with the Habs considering that Markov, Subban (assuming a contract extension is coming), Emelin and Gilbert are all here for at least 2 years?

– Will Dustin Tokarski ever be the back-up of Carey Price playing 15-20 games a year without asking and wanting more in his prime?

– Will the Canadiens build a winning team by drafting at the bottom of the first round?

– Will all the small players such as Thomas, Reway, Andrighetto, Hudon, Lekhonen all have a place in the future with the Habs?

One thing is for sure, Marc Bergevin got many valuable pieces with potential that can be moved without destroying the future and the present of his team.

Is it possible that this undying rumour of Evander Kane to Montreal will happen?

Very unlikely…but in the end, it’s all about the price.

– Tomas Vanek for Sebastian Collberg and a 2nd round pick
– Josh Gorges for a 2nd round pick
– Daniel Briere for Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and a 5th round pick

All those trades would’ve been considered “very unlikely” before they were made.

We all know the Habs are looking for another scoring powerforward with some size and grit and as a hockey player, Evander Kane would be more than perfect and would bring another dimension to this team on the ice…..but he might bring another unwanted dimension off the ice too.

As long as Evander Kane remains a member of the Winnipeg Jets, this is one rumour that just won’t die!


  1. Irene

    July 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Montreal rarely makes a trade that works out for them, since Bob Gainey was always getting ripped off, other teams want the few good players we have for almost nothing. Speaking of which, Puck Daddy writer Ryan Lambert has an interesting article today titled.”GM’s should spend their money better;..Near the bottom he says Montreal will be lucky to finish 7-8th this season as we lost Vanek and already had problems scoring. And we never replaced him..Lambert criticizes the Habs “Do Nothing” off season besides get rid of a couple of useless players..I totally agree.

  2. Pascal Dumesnil

    July 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for your comment. But i must disagree with Lambert since Vanek has been here for only 18 games out of 82 and Habs were in good position before he came to Montreal.