The Contrarian – Kane vs. Wheeler

Thomas Drance


Evander KaneBlake Wheeler


Comparing Evander Kane’s trade out of Winnipeg to his ex-teammate Blake Wheeler spurning the Coyotes.

We are going to tackle the Evander Kane trade but we are going to start off with his now former teammate Blake Wheeler.


A surprise fifth overall draft pick by Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes, Kevin Allen of USA TODAY wrote "The NHL's central scouting service had only rated the Breck (Minn.) High School junior as the 17th best North American player, and that list didn't include goaltenders or European players. USA TODAY had Wheeler projected as a first-round pick, but some projections had him as a second rounder and no one had Wheeler rated in the top 10."


In the same article he quotes Wheeler's agent Matt Keator saying "We look for athletes and this kid is a raw athlete" and Allen himself adds "The NHL is constantly looking for big wingers with an offensive touch, and Wheeler has the potential to be dominant. He can also skate well for a big man."


Something strange happens though. He does not sign with the Coyotes.


The team's press release has General Manager Don Maloney saying "We offered Blake a contract which was both commensurate with his draft position and far exceeded any guaranteed contract he can receive, under the current CBA, with any other team." 

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News wrote in his article " Blog: Wheeler will have plenty of suitors after spurning Coyotes" he purposely chose free agency over taking more short term money.


Once again his agent, Keator, is quoted "He isn't chasing the money. It's about choosing where you want to play and where you want to live. It's not about the money and I think that's refreshing."