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EVANDER KANE WITH SALARY RETAINED CHECKS A LOT OF BOXES FOR THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS; IS THERE A FIT?

NOV 24, 2021  (9H44)      MIKE ARMENTI
A report had surfaced on Tuesday that the San Jose Sharks are finally willing to retain salary in hopes of moving on from winger Evander Kane.

While Kane, the hockey player, is exactly what many teams are looking for - a big, physical, competitive, scoring winger with an excellent shot - his off-ice persona has turned him into somewhat of a pariah around the National Hockey League.

One hurdle that the Sharks may face in moving Kane is that the 30-year-old has a no-trade clause and has the ability to submit a 3-team trade list. It is worth mentioning that Kane has the ability to waive in order for the Sharks to facilitate his trade.

In an attempt to get out in front of this one, I'll ask the question before the rumours actually start to take flight. Does Evander Kane make sense for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Well, the most obvious factor here is that he checks a lot of boxes for Leafs GM Kyle Dubas. He's a top-six left winger, he scores a lot of goals, he hits everything in sight, he wants to win and he will not be pushed around and will drop the gloves if necessary.

The problem is that even with salary retention, say 50%, Kane will still carry a $3.5M cap hit, so the Leafs would have to make a move to two to clear some space or send back salary in order to make a deal with the Sharks.

If the Sharks were willing to take back Nick Ritchie and Pierre Engvall in the deal, along with a pick or maybe a prospect, the money could work. The package would be very underwhelming in the grand scheme, because of Kane's current perceived value.. but is there a fit?

One of the Leafs' major assets right now seems to be the chemistry on the bench and in the locker room. Kane, by all accounts, has been a player who tends to rub some people the wrong way. As you'll recall, during the offseason a number of unnamed Sharks players had revealed that they would prefer it if the team moved Evander Kane as he was a major distraction in the locker room.

Does having veterans like Jason Spezza, John Tavares, Jake Muzzin and Wayne Simmonds change that in Toronto? Can any of these players, or a collective help to tame Kane and keep him in line? I'm not necessarily sure the organization would want to find out.

For now, even with salary retention, I don't feel as though Kane and the off-ice circus that comes with him would be a fit in a media hot-bed like Toronto, where every aspect of a player is over-analyzed.

Still, it's fun to think about the Leafs having a player who checks that many boxes all at once who can certainly fix some of the problems that the team does have almost immediately. It's just unfortunate that he likely creates more problems than he solves for any team, the Leafs included.
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MATHIEU JOSEPH
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JORDAN BINNINGTON
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ANTHONY DUCLAIR
REMAINS UNAVAILABLE
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CONOR SHEARY
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ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
2
PANTHERS22154333
3
LIGHTNING21125428
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS19118-22
6
SABRES22811319
7
CANADIENS24616214
8
SENATORS2041519
NHL STATS
LIVE
DECEMBER 2, 2021 G A PTS
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
1 3 4
SAM REINHART
1 3 4
AARON EKBLAD
2 1 3
VICTOR HEDMAN
2 1 3
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2 1 3
ALEX FORMENTON
2 - 2
VINNIE HINOSTROZA
2 - 2
ANTON LUNDELL
2 - 2
JASON ROBERTSON
2 - 2
LUCAS CARLSSON
1 1 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
21202141
CONNOR MCDAVID
21152540
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
+1
24191838
NAZEM KADRI
+1
2092030
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
+3
2391828
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
+1
2482028
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+4
2381627
STEVEN STAMKOS
+1
21111325
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2352025
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
2291625
TROY TERRY
23151025
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
TIMO MEIER
+2
18111124
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
KYLE CONNOR
22141024
MATT DUCHENE
23131124
ARTEMI PANARIN
2161723
ANZE KOPITAR
2181523
JORDAN KYROU
2391423
AARON EKBLAD
+3
2381423
  COMPLETE STATS