Connect with us

NHL Trade Rumors

Penguins Send Scout to Evander Kane’s 1st AHL Game

Published

on

Pittsburgh Penguins, Evander Kane, NHL trade rumors

On Friday, the news broke that embattled San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane would play for the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda on Saturday. Before the NHL trade rumors begin to grind gears, it is Kane’s first game this season after multiple investigations and a fake vaccination card, which led to a 21-game suspension. The public scrutiny and Kane’s reports of Kane’s internal behavior highlighted the offseason and burned bridges with the San Jose Sharks locker room.

A Pittsburgh Penguins scout will be in attendance for Kane’s first AHL game.

Ryan Bowness, the Penguins Director of Pro Scouting, will be there.

Bowness is one of six scouts on the list for the game, first reported by Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group and confirmed by sources with first hand knowledge.

The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Dallas Stars, who are playing the San Jose Sharks, are on the press box list.

Kane was investigated for several issues in the offseason, after his ex-wife made several accusations including spousal abuse, and betting on Sharks games. He was cleared of those accusations but was suspended for 21 games when it was found he faked his vaccination card.

Kane’s behavior last season alienated teammates and there are reports that several teammates asked the organization to part ways with Kane. The Sharks could have activated Kane last month and added him to the NHL roster, but instead, put him through waivers and assigned him to the San Jose Barracuda until the matter can be resolved.

There are a couple of cautionary notes. Scouts often have their schedules made weeks in advance, and local reporters tell us scouts love the Barracuda/Sharks doubleheaders in San Jose–two birds with one stone.

So, it could be a coincidence that a Pittsburgh Penguins scout is in the building for the event. We shouldn’t necessarily connect NHL trade rumors and Kane to any of the teams above.

However, all of the teams listed could use a power forward with soft hands like Kane, too.

Subscribe to PHN+

Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

11 Comments
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
11 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Zane Gearhart
Zane Gearhart
8 months ago

For conversation sake where does kane fit? Lw next to geno? If so who do you trade to get him? Heinen? He would seem to be the odd man out? Without any drama kane can play, but is it worth the risk.. I’d try heinen on genos wing 1st. Just to see of they have chemistry before risking all involved. Then again that all is based on being healthy which never happens
Lw – center. – rw
Jake. Sid. E-rod
Kane. Geno. Kap
Zucker. Carter. Rust
Zar. Blueger mcginn

BIG B
BIG B
8 months ago
Reply to  Zane Gearhart

Zucker would probably go the other way or get shipped out in another move.

Justin B
Justin B
8 months ago
Reply to  BIG B

I’d be more than ok dumping Zucker. Kane’s worth a shot if he can lay low

Kris
Kris
8 months ago
Reply to  Justin B

Really, you want to trade the ultimate teammate for this jacka$#? Are we really this desperate to do something. Must be Rutherford withdrawals or something. WE DO NOT NEED TO MAKE ANY TRADES. We just need to get healthy. That is all.

Ethan
8 months ago
Reply to  Kris

It is not a knock on Zucker’s character–he is reputed to be a decent guy. Rather 5 million other reasons to trade him–his contract. Kane brings a different type of game than most of our scrappy, but pretty, playing forwards (and if Ducks retain some salary well then gotta sniff at least.). But as for Sullivan and Kane–don’t know enough to comment on whether that would work…but I have some doubts. And Sully clearly likes Zucker as he stays on 2nd line thru thick and quite a bit of thin!

Penguinfan
Penguinfan
8 months ago

I hope it doesn’t happen. Since he forged a vax card what other dishonest stuff may he do. I mean I work for the federal government. If I had summited a fake card I likely would be fired or fired and have legal issues on top.

William Maloni
William Maloni
8 months ago

Where is Rutherford when we need him???

Rob
Rob
8 months ago

Too much of a sideshow, so no. He has a well established track record as a good player but too much of a distraction.

Kris
Kris
8 months ago

People commenting on here about bringing him on board have obviously never played a team sport above little league. Yes you need talent. But you need a team that trusts and believes in each other. I keep reading this bullshit about Zucker but what I saw last night was a guy struggling to score, still doing whatever he could to help the team. Guys obviously banged up and yet he threw like 4 extremely solid checks in the 2nd period to help his team get back in sync. But yeah we want that extra 5 goals a year that this… Read more »

AJ1818
AJ1818
8 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Struggling to score? You act like he’s in a 10 game slump. 10 points in 27 games (40 in 80GP with Pitt) isn’t good enough for a guy making $5.5 per year. He’s the 5th most expensive contract on the team, yet he only has 1 more point than a 2nd pairing defenseman. If he looked like he was putting forth more effort, I wouldn’t care, but there were 3 different occasions last night where Heinen was getting double teamed and had nobody to cycle the puck to because Zucker was standing flat footed on the other side of the… Read more »

Frank
Frank
8 months ago

I cannot help but think the departure of Zucker is not “if” but “when.” There is nothing to really dislike about him . . . aside from his inability to put points on the board. And that is the issue. He had some success with Crosby at first, but he is NOT going to return to a wing on that line anytime soon. Outside of that he has either under performed, been injured or in one fashion or another proven that $5,000,000 is too much for a forward that delivers what he does. Of course they gave up way too… Read more »

Join PHN Extra!

Join PHN+ today for exclusive content from Dan, Dave and Shelly plus a completely Google ad-free experience.

PHN+

Or enter your email below to sign-up for our mailing list.

Thank you!

Something went wrong.

No thanks. I don't want.