The Winnipeg Jets traded an injured Evander Kane to a rebuilding Buffalo Sabres team to boost their short-term playoff hopes.
In a bold trade, the Winnipeg Jets have traded injured F Evander Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and a prospect to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Tyler Myers, right wing Drew Stafford, a first-round pick and two prospects.
The deal, reported by USA Today, serves both teams two-fold: the Jets, who currently have a wild card spot in the NHL playoffs if the season ended today, get a better offensive player in Tyler Myers to replace Bogosian. The Sabres, who are in last place is the NHL, are trying to rebuild and hope they get a chance with Kane once he recovers during the 2015-16 season. The addition of Bogosian and the prospect will help as well.
The two prospects the Jets will receive are Brendan Lemieux, a 2014 second-round pick and Finnish forward Joel Armia, a former first-round pick. He has 25 points in 33 games for the Rochester (N.Y.) Americans this season.
Goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf, who plays for RPI, is heading to Buffalo in the deal.
The first-round pick that Buffalo is sending to Winnipeg will be the what ends up as the team’s lowest pick. The Sabres own their own pick, plus the first-rounder of the New York Islanders’ and the St. Louis Blues.