The NHL's latest blockbuster impacted the Sabres by bringing Matt Duchene into the division. TSN says it's affecting Buffalo in another way.
The Canadian sports network has moved Sabres left wing Evander Kane into the No. 1 spot on its "Trade Bait" board. The position was held by Duchene, who went from Colorado to Ottawa on Sunday night.
Kane's contract expires at the end of the season, so he's been discussed in rumors for a while. He led the Sabres with 28 goals last season, and he is pacing the team again with seven goals and 13 points in 14 games.
The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 26.
With Buffalo last in the Atlantic Division heading into Tuesday night's visit by Washington, the team hardly needed its rivals to improve. Ottawa did by acquiring Duchene, a center for Canada in the last Olympics.
"Ottawa got a good player," said Sabres center and former Avalanche teammate Ryan O'Reilly. "Dutchie is a guy that's tough to play against. He's a really skilled player, so it's a bummer that he's in the division. He's going to make it better.
"He needed a change of scenery. It should be a good fit for him. I just hope he doesn't play too well against us."
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