February 11 2015 12:56PM
In case you slept in this morning, which I definitely didn't do, the Winnipeg Jets made a big trade today.
No longer Kevin "no NHL player-for-player trades" Cheveldayoff, the Jets General Manager was able to move Evander Kane to the Buffalo Sabres. An interesting side plot though was the additional trade of young, right-handed defensemen Zach Bogosian and Tyler Myers.
Let's look at what the numbers say about this swap.
February 11 2015 09:43AM
The Winnipeg Jets have reportedly completed a trade that will send Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, and unsigned goaltender Jason Kasdorf to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a first round pick.
The deal is reportedly final and the trade call has been made, according to ESPN's Craig Custance. The teams have yet to approve the deal.
February 11 2015 09:15AM
Is this Evander Kane's last day as a Winnipeg Jet?
Kane appears to be close to disproving the Westside Story mantra, according to multiple reports. "When you're a Jet, your a Jet all the way" - at least until your teammates throw your clothes into the shower.
TSN's Darren Dreger has characterized trade talks between the Buffalo Sabres and the Jets as heating up. The two sides seem to be working hard to consummate a multi-player swap per Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press. Dreger also suggests that Tyler Myers, Zach Bogosian and Drew Stafford could be involved as part of the deal, along with Kane.
Read on for more.
February 11 2015 07:15AM
In this instalment of What Would You Do Wednesday, I want to see what you, dear readers, would do with Evander Kane. Don’t hold back and fight for what you believe in.
February 11 2015 04:03AM
There's no use arguing which Dustin Byfuglien is better. That battle is long over and gone. The All-Star defensemen version over the last two seasons surpasses the forward version in all measures: points per game, points per sixty, Corsi... even goal differentials. The team performs better with Byfuglien on ice as a defender than on ice as a forward. The coach knows it, and the numbers know it.
Reality isn't as simple as that though. Where Byfuglien performs better is not necessarily best for the team. This is dependent on opportunity costs; the difference between Byfuglien at a certain position and the next best alternative.
We will run a little experiment in trying to estimate the true impact of moving Byfuglien between forward and defense, given the Jets current depth.