Erik Karlsson isn't having a great season and Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman are the only two producing up front. Milan Michalek has done nothing.
So here comes Evander Kane. He's probably played his last game in the Jets organization. The Jets need help right away as they're holding on to a wildcard spot in the super tough western conference.
So here are my thoughts on what make sense.
The Jets have been beat up defensively all season and wouldn't say no to another goal scorer.
I can see Ottawa trading Marc Methot and Clarke MacArthur for Evander Kane and a conditional draft pick.
If the Jets make the playoffs it's a third round pick. If they win a round, it becomes a second. If they don't make the playoffs, it's a fourth.
Ottawa has defensive depth with the emergence of Bororwiecki as a reliable NHL defenceman. The Sens shouldn't keep all 8 of the defenmen they currently have on the roster. The Sens already said they probably aren't going to trade Chris Neil so I highly doubt they'd trade Chris Phillips. That means Methot is the only veteran defeman who I believe Ottawa would be willing to part ways with.
MacArthur is a solid two-way player who is a great depth guy on a good team and an alright top 6 player on a bad team. He's shown he can put up points with two 50+ point seasons. He'll fit in on any team and make an immediate impact.
Evander Kane in an Ottawa Senators jersey would add two things the Sens sorely need: top six goal scoring and grit. I'm sure we've all seen the video of the fight between Kane and Matt Cooke where Kane one-punched Cooke. The Sens have Chris Neil, Zach Smith and Colin Greening for grit, but that's not saying much. Neil has been scratched a lot as of late, Smith has been injured and Greening has been up and down to the AHL. Even if they were all healthy and playing with the big team, they're still 3rd liners at best.
Kane adds so much more than just grit, though. He's a goal scorer. He hasn't gotten to the levels yet that he did in junior when he scored 48, but he did manage to score 30 twice in his young career. Put him in the right environment and he could become an elite goal score. Is Ottawa the right environment? Who knows. I think having people like Neil and Phillips in the locker room who have been with the team for their whole careers and been leaders for the Sens for the last decade almost, will certainly be better for Evander than the Winnipeg situation. I think that those two would be able to help keep him accountable.
From the Winnipeg side Evander Kane has to go. He clearly isn't well liked in the locker room and hasn't really been producing as much as he is capable of doing. His injuries aren't helping his cause, either.
The deal that I proposed (Kane+conditional pick for Methot+MacArthur) makes sense from both angles and both teams could afford the cap hit. Will it happen? Probably not. It makes sense, though.