Bob McKenzie reports that Dustin Byfuglien is pondering his NHL future.
Byfuglien, 34, has two seasons left on his contract at an AAV of $7.6 million.
The Winnipeg Jets have announced they have re-signed RFA defenseman Josh Morrissey.
This contract eats Morrissey’s 3 remaining RFA eligible seasons and extends through 5 of his UFA seasons.
Last season in 59 games, Morrissey put up 6 goals and 25 assists for the Jets.
As expected, Olli Jokinen’s stay in Toronto was a short one. The Maple Leafs traded the forward to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick in 2016.
The Blues will be the 36-year-old’s 10th NHL team of his career and third this season after the Leafs acquired him from the Winnipeg Jets.
The Hurricanes have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Jets for a 2016 3rd round pick and a 2015 6th.
With Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault out of action, the Jets could use the help up front. Tlusty has 13 goals and 10 assists in 52 games this season.
Evander Kane has been traded to the Sabres in a blockbuster deal. Kane, along with Zach Bogosian and goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf go to Buffalo for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a 2015 first-round draft pick.
The first round pick is conditional — it will be whichever of the Islanders and Blues picks that ends up being the later pick.
The Sabres will retain half of Stafford’s $4 million salary this season.
Pierre Lebrun reports that he doesn’t believe the Canucks were willing to part with either Bo Horvat or Jake Virtanen to get Kane.
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Bob McKenzie reports (via Nichols on Hockey) that the Sabres are interested in Evander Kane of the Jets. He said on Insider Trading that the Jets and Sabres have previously discussed Tyler Myers, so he may be a part of potential Kane trade. He says the Sabres could also part with either the Islanders or Blues first round pick.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Canucks are also interest in Kane, the former Vancouver Giant star. The Canucks, still in the playoff hunt, would likely have mixed feelings about trading a roster piece for a player who can’t play this season, but if they are beaten to the punch Kane would be off the market entirely.
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From February 5th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Bob McKenzie reports that any team interested in acquiring Evander Kane from the Jets will have some concerns about his health, as a team can’t make a player their top deadline priority if he will eventually have his season cut short.
Darren Dreger says that most playoff contenders would be interested in acquiring Kane, including the Penguins, Bruins, Ducks, Canucks and Canadiens. He says that any trade of Kane would require the Jets getting both immediate help and young assets that make a long-term impact.
Dreger says there has been “a ton of interest” in Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik, with speculation that the Predators may be among those interested. He says the offers on those players will likely happen within days.
Dreger reports that the Coyotes might consider making a change with their head coach Dave Tippett, who is believed to be making $2 million per season for the next three seasons.
The Winnipeg Jets entered the All-Star break with a 26-14-8 record, good enough to secure a playoff spot with 34 regular season games remaining.
Should the team choose to make a trade to bolster their depth before the deadline, a rental might be the best option according to the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe.
Wiebe believes the Jets’ priority at the deadline is to improve their bottom-six forwards by possibly adding the likes of Matt Calvert, Mike Santorelli, Matt Hendricks, Daniel Winnik, and Torrey Mitchell.