If the injuries weren’t enough to make the Isles stay away from Kane, the off the ice issues surrounding Kane should keep them away. He’s had numerous run-ins with the law during his time in the NHL.
Evander Kane is too much of a risk with not enough chance for a reward. Is it worth trading a Travis Hamonic for a guy who put up 35 points last year and has a ton of baggage?
Plus, whether fair or not, Josh Ho-Sang who is currently in Bridgeport has drawn comparisons to Kane mostly due to his alarm clock incident from last year. Certainly over sleeping isn’t as bad as Kane’s legal problems.
I think the comparison is more to character rather than the severity of the off ice issues. The point is the Islanders have Ho-Sang to “worry” about (even though I don’t think he’ll be an issue) Kane isn’t worth the headache.
The Islanders absolutely should make a trade to improve this team, but it should be the right trade. Trading away a solid defenseman who is locked up on a very team friendly contract for a risk like Kane would be dumb.