Hockey Insider Pierre McGuire said on Montreal’s TSN 690 Thursday that Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs are keeping tabs on the Patrick Kane Sweepstakes.
“He’d be an amazing fit anywhere as long as he’s healthy because when he went to the Rangers he wasn’t healthy,” Pierre McGuire said. “He still has game left. The one guy he really influenced a lot when he was in Chicago was Alex DeBrincat, and DeBrincat’s now in Detroit. I would say that you add him to a team that’s got DeBrincat, [Dylan] Larkin, [Lucas] Raymond, and David Perron, J.T. Compher, who came over from Colorado; you add Patrick Kane to that offensive arsenal that they’re starting to build in Detroit, he could make a massive difference.
“One thing that I think people have over-looked when he was a kid growing up in Buffalo before he went to the London Knights, he went and played in Detroit for (Honeybaked), he lived at Pat Verbeek’s house. ” McGuire pointed out. “Now, Pat’s obviously the general manager in Anaheim, but he lived at Pat’s house, and I know he got to know Steve Yzerman pretty well. So, I could see that being a fit in Detroit. I could see Buffalo being a fit, and I could see Toronto being a fit. I could see all three of those cities being a fit.”
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Cap Space Available
There’s been no confirmation coming out of the Red Wings’ camp that they are interested in Kane.
The Red Wings have $5.1 million in cap space remaining and the Sabres have $8.7 million. The Maple Leafs don’t have any cap space remaining. The Red Wings have been trying to upgrade their offensive threat levels. The Sabres were the third-highest scoring team in the NHL last season. Toronto ranked 9th in goals last season.
It’s been previously reported that Kane is interested in reuniting with Alex DeBrincat.