#NHLTradeDeadline is trending, and our one-and-only NHL team here in the Bay Area is part of the big news.
Multiple outlets are reporting the Sharks have picked up Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres, in exchange for a 1st round conditional pick in 2019, a 4th round conditional pick in 2020 and forward prospect Daniel O'Reagan.
ESPN dishes on Kane:
Kane, 26, has posted 20 goals and 20 assists in 61 games in 2017-18 for the Sabres. He is in the final season of a six-year contract he initially signed with the Winnipeg Jets that has an annual salary-cap hit of $5.25 million.
While the Mercury News gives us some insight into the trade from San Jose's perspective:
On the surface, the move seems to fly in the face of general manager Doug Wilson’s stated approach to the trade deadline. Throughout the season, the Sharks general manager said that he wasn’t planning to give up any top picks or prospects for short-term rentals. But Kane’s plummeting value in the hours leading up to Monday’s trade deadline made the deal for palatable.
As a Sharks fan, I'll just say... WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SUCCEED IN THE PLAYOFFS!