Evander Kane is a top line forward and one that the Florida Panthers could take away from a struggling Buffalo Sabres team. Whether Kane ends up on the Panthers or not, he will not be a Sabre by the trade deadline. While many teams will probably hold off on acquiring Kane until the deadline, the Panthers could sweep him up to help them compete this year and for years to come.
Again, Kane is on the last year of his contract and is due for a significant pay raise by the end of the year. Yes, Kane could certainly help the Cats this year, but the Panthers will need to agree on a contract extension as soon as they acquire him. This could be a problem for the Panthers as Kane will probably demand a contract worth something north of $6 million. Kane is a great player, but the Panthers may not be willing to sign him to a long term contract extension.
If he is acquired, he could possibly slot in on the first line with Huberdeau and Barkov.