Sabres forward Evander Kane has said multiple times he's not looking to get traded and, with rumors flying he could be on his way out of town in the next week or so, he said it again Saturday to his hometown newspaper
"Do I worry about the rumors? No. The funny part about rumors is that if you don’t know something is going on, then nobody else does,” Kane told the Vancouver Province at a golf tournament honoring the Vancouver Giants' 2007 Memorial Cup championship.
"I have an agent (Don Meehan) who is knowledgeable and tapped in. He gives me updates when I need updates. I’d like to think I’m well informed when I need to be. ... I’m getting prepared to start another NHL season. Hopefully it’s in Buffalo."
Kane had 28 goals last season, even though he didn't score a single one until December after breaking his ribs during the season opener and then struggling to score for several games upon his return.
"I came back too early from the rib injury, but it was because I was hungry to play and wanted to play,” said Kane. “It took me a little while to get back into the swing of things. In those final 58 games, I thought I showed consistency offensively.”
Kane is entering the final season of his six-year deal. He has a cap hit of $5.25 million and most reports are that new Sabres GM Jason Botterill is not interested in working a longterm deal with him. And it was quickly noted by observers when new coach Phil Housley did not mention Kane by name at his introductory press conference while discussing some of the players on the roster.
Kane said he felt he did a better job last season of not causing distractions off the ice like he did during his first year in Buffalo. There is little question about his performance. It's more about his ability to stay out of trouble.
“When it comes to me as a player, I’m always 100 percent," Kane said. "I always put my best foot forward, no matter how I am feeling, no matter what type of injuries I have going on. I always try to play to the best of my ability and always try to be a factor, whether that’s scoring or being physical or blocking shots. I want to help my team win and I think I’ve proven that over the course of my career.”