At least for Winnipeg Kane is still RFA. Horrible as it may be if he continues to improve his game after leaving, if they can get some valuable pieces via a trade they could hopefully, for their fans anyways, keep it to a somewhat lateral movement and not a complete loss.
A Schneiderish for Kaneish trade would be awesome before thinking about how much money he is going to want, and what position he would be most comfortable, and also productive, playing.
I love Burr with the Sedins because I like seeing him get 25-30 goals a year, but will it be better for us to bump him down where he would likely get fewer oppurtunities to hit 30 goals if it means Kane getting first line minutes and what, 30, 35, 40? What's his ceiling anyways?*
I might be biased, but we just saw the 20 year old get 30 goals in 74 games, playing most of the year with Burmistrov, who had less than 30 points
and Wellwood. He was on the second line and was also playing 3rd line some times. He was used on the 2nd PP unit. He was on pace for 40 goals pretty early in the year but as happens with a lot of young players, they have trouble maintaining a steady pace for a full year. Give him better linemates and he has 40 goals last year. Better linemates and maturity/consistency and I have no doubt that he could hit 50-60 goals in a year. I feel if he was with the Sedin's this year he would likely get mid-40's.
If Kane gets traded from Winnipeg, he won't be coming to Vancouver. I watch this team every home game as I have season tickets. And I can tell you, on a team with limited offense, he still had his best year. If Kane is going to get traded anywhere, look for a top center coming in return (ie: Jordan Staal).
Edler wouldn't fit, because the Jets are looking fine on the backend. They would be getting scoring in return. The Canucks just don't have the assets that the Jets need to get it done.
Also, if the Jets were to trade for picks only, ship him to Columbus for their picks once Nash is gone.
As for Kane, if up sh*ts creek if this is indeed true. The Jets hold all the cards on this one. If they do indeed trade him, every team is going to have to overpay to make it happen.
As clear as it is that we need a #1 center, I wouldn't exactly say we're set on the back end. We have 6 defencemen but one of them (Buff) certainly shouldn't be there and the rest (minus Stuart) need to learn how to play a solid defensive game. Pavelec's numbers show that. I watched every game last year and felt terrible for Pavelec game in and game out. Up until the end of the year he didn't let in a soft goal, the quality of the chances that other teams were getting was just absurd.
I think if we get a solid D-man (i.e. Edler) and somehow convince Buff to take Kane's forward position to ease the loss and then get another piece or two we wouldn't be worse for it.