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Winnipeg Jets: The morning line odds for the Evander Kane Sweepstakes

I don't drink tea so there are no tea leaves for me to read, but if I did drink tea and there were tea leaves at the bottom of the cup for me to read surely they would tell me that Evander Kane will have a different postal code/zip code by the end of next weekend.

Well, wouldn't they?

I mean, no player in the National Hockey League has been dealt more often than Kane. Not Ryan Kesler. Not Jason Spezza. Not Cam Ward. Not Brad Marchand. Not Nail Yakupov. No one.

Seriously. Kane has been traded more often than most bubblegum cards.

Every site I turn to on the internet tells me that the Winnipeg Jets left winger won't be skating at the Little Hockey House on the Prairie next winter. Unless, of course, he's wearing another team's colors. It could be Boston. Or Philadelphia. How about Chicago? Minnesota? Toronto? Vancouver? Montreal? Carolina? Buffalo? Edmonton? Ottawa? Long Island/Brooklyn? Florida? Pittsburgh?

The thing is, it's been sports scribes, broadcasters and fanatics shipping Kane to one of those locales, not Kevin Cheveldayoff, the Jets general manager who won't be bullied or hoodwinked into making a trade for the sake of making a trade. Come to think of it, he won't make a trade for any other reason, either. Chevy does trades like Ondrej Pavelec does shutouts. He runs a hockey club, not a trading post.

Anyway, my favorite morsel of gossip came from someone who signs off as djshnooks when he comments on the ProHockeyTalk website:

"I personally know someone who was in the Sabres war room on trade deadline day, and Evander Kane was highly talked about, but it came down to being what both teams had described as a 'summer/draft move.' " is what he wrote one day.

So there you have it, kids. Kane is shuffling off to Buffalo. It's a done deal. Or not.

It's my guess that when the dust settles after the June 27-28 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, Kane will continue to collect his hefty pay cheque and unpaid parking tickets in River City.

Still, I could be wrong. It's been known to happen. Many times, actually. Perhaps Chevy will awaken on the first morning of the draft and embrace the notion that qualifying for the Stanley Cup tournament next spring is a boffo idea. Perhaps he'll make a trade with some oomph to it. With that in mind, I now give you the morning line odds for the Evander Kane Sweepstakes.

EVANDER KANE STAKES
(All these teams have been mentioned as possible destinations.)

Minnesota Wild....................too close to home............................................................50-1
Vancouver Canucks............nothing to give..................................................................50-1
Ottawa Senators.................Jason Spezza won't play in Canada.............................50-1
New York Islanders............wouldn't part with John Tavares....................................50-1
Pittsburgh Penguins...........they need a stud defenceman......................................50-1
Carolina Hurricanes...........might be a willing partner..............................................45-1
Buffalo Sabres.....................do they have any players left?.......................................45-1
Toronto Maple Leafs...........start with Jonathan Bernier and work from there......25-1
Montreal Canadiens...........Habs have plenty to offer...............................................25-1
Philadelphia Flyers.............They've coveted Kane for a long time..........................20-1
Edmonton Oilers.................It would cost them the third pick overall and more...20-1
Florida Panthers..................Dale Tallon is willing to deal the first pick overall....10-1
Chicago Blackhawks..........Chevy has ties to the Toddlin' Town............................8-1
Boston Bruins......................They're in the mood to move people............................5-1
Winnipeg Jets......................Chevy doesn't do trades.................................................2-5

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