According to The Fourth Period, the Rangers are one of a number of teams who have "kicked the tires" on the availability of the Winnipeg Jets Evander Kane.
The price for Kane is believed to be two NHL-proven top-six forwards and a top prospect or a high draft pick.
Kane, 22, is in the second-year of a six-year, $31.5 million contract. He is earning $4.5 million this season, but will make $6 million in each of the remaining four years of his deal, which does not include a no-trade or no-movement clause. His cap hit is $5.25 million per year.
Kane has just 14 points (7g, 7a) this season after scoring 30 goals in 2011-12 and 17 goals during last year's lockout shortened season.
Kane has missed the last five games with a lower body injury.
…Kane is an amazing talent, but would cost a pretty penny to get. If the reported price tag is correct, expect the Rangers to have to part with Stepan and/or Kreider and maybe JT Miller. The Jets will not be giving this guy up for nothing, so don't think throwing Del Zotto in the mix sweetens the pot, because it doesn't.
…having said that, even with those demands, I would seriously consider a trade for this guy no matter what the offer. He is exactly what this team is missing. Big, physical player who can score, with a contract that is very cap friendly considering his talent level.
…there's very few complete package players out there and Kane is one of them. And the scary part is at the age of 22 this kid isn't even close to entering his prime. And when the team needs a spark or a kick in the ass, he has the ability to do this…