Evander Kane said today he's not focused on getting dealt at the trade deadline. All of his energy is being spent on the Sabres' game against the Nashville Predators and moving past the losses in Colorado and Arizona.
"To be blunt, those are two games we can't lose. Anybody with common sense realizes that," Kane said. "But at the same time, we do have 20 games left. We aren't so far out of it that it seems impossible. We just have to get one win tonight."
But with a year left on his deal and a fine 21-goal season currently going, might it be Kane's last game with the Sabres?
"To be honest, I'm really not too worried about it," said Kane, who told reporters essentially the same thing over the weekend in Denver. "I'm OK. I'm focused on tonight. I really don't think about the trade deadline or any rumors at all. As I've said before, if my agent calls me, than I'll know. Other than that, if he doesn't call me I'm not worried about it."
Asked if he's had any conversations with agent Craig Ostler, Kane said, "Not at all."
Kane has a cap hit of $5.25 million so it would be a heavy lift for a potential suitor. He famously tweeted applause emojis at General Manager Tim Murray the night of the 2015 NHL Draft after the Sabres traded for Ryan O'Reilly, and said the players have trust in whatever decisions the GM makes.
"I think Tim is a straight shooter," Kane said. "You kind of know what you're going to get and he has a job to do. He's going to do what he feels best for this team and what he thinks is going to work. We'll leave those decisions to him."
Kane did not score in either game over the weekend after tallying in the three previous games. He was minus-3 Saturday in Colorado and was particularly galled by the way the Sabres blew a 2-0 lead Sunday in Arizona.
"It's a mindset that you have to have to keep pushing and pushing and pushing," he said. "There's no rule for scoring too many goals in this league. When you get up 2- 0, you want to try to make it three and make it four and that's when you put teams away. We've done that at times but not consistently enough and it's showed obviously with us coughing up leads and losing games."