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Why he's likely to be traded: As the Winnipeg Free Press' Ed Tait observed earlier this summer, Kane's been the subject of trade speculation for most of his days with the Jets. Tait noted the 23-year-old left wing did little to squelch the rumors during an interview with The Team 1040 in Vancouver, declining to state directly that he wants to remain with the Jets.
Tait subsequently reported Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff declined to directly answer questions about Kane's future with the club, other than saying Kane “is a Winnipeg Jet and that's how we're going forward.” Should the club struggle to reach playoff contention, Kane could become its best trade chip if Cheveldayoff decides to shake things up.
Potential asking price: The risk for Cheveldayoff in moving Kane is not getting a decent return. He could seek a comparable young forward. Failing that, he could request a package of one or two promising young players as well as a top prospect or first-round pick. Interested parties must also have the cap space to absorb Kane's $5.25 million annual cap hit.
Possible trade partners: In July, Sun-Sentinel.com's Harvey Fialkov reported Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon was seeking a goal scorer. The Panthers have depth in young talent to interest the Jets.
NESN.com's Nicholas Goss believes Kane's power-forward skills would make him a good fit with the Boston Bruins, but they already have Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand at left wing. The Arizona Coyotes lack scoring punch at left wing and could also come calling.