BUFFALO, NY - Sabres winger Evander Kane has heard his name swirling around trade rumors often in his second year with the team.
Things calmed down a bit after the March 1 trade deadline, but after more reports from the hockey insiders like Elliotte Friedman, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, Kane's name is back on the rumor mill.
"My name seems to create a buzz with some reporters and radio stations. I wonder if I have some thank-you cards coming,” Kane joked with Vancouver Province reporter Steven Ewen on Friday at a golf tournament honoring the Vancouver Giants' 2007 Memorial Cup championship.
Teams like Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim have been rumored as possible destinations for Kane, however he's hoping he stays put in Buffalo.
“I’m getting prepared to start another NHL season. Hopefully it’s in Buffalo,” Kane said.
The 25-year-old Kane led the Sabres with 28 goals last season, despite missing 11 games with cracked ribs. He showed a goal-scoring touch that should lead to a big contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next July.
As he's done throughout his time in Buffalo, Kane is shrugging off the trades rumors.
“Do I worry about the rumors? No. The funny part about rumors is that if you don’t know something is going on, then nobody else does,” he said. “I have an agent who is knowledgeable and tapped in. He gives me updates when I need updates. I’d like to think I’m well informed when I need to be.”
If the Sabres do intend to trade Kane, now is the time to do it with the NHL Draft approaching on June 24.