NHL Players Association president Donald Fehr on Friday addressed the trade rumors surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman, and said the players organization is working to address the issue.
“We have a lot to do.
We’re doing everything we can,” Fehr told reporters at the NHL Awards.
“We have some big wins this week, we have some great things going on with our players, and we have a ton of fun.”
Kane, 25, was the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.
He led the NHL in scoring with 52 points (13 goals, 25 assists) and was the Penguins’ captain.
He also played in the Stanley Cup Finals and the 2010 World Cup of Hockey, scoring seven goals and five assists in seven games.
Kane also played with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals.
The trade rumors surfaced after the Penguins and Pittsburgh Penguins players union released a joint statement on Monday that was critical of the trade-related issues that have plagued the NHL and its players’ union for months.
Pittsburgh has been the subject of trade rumors for months and has struggled in recent weeks, including in the playoffs, when it lost four games in five games to the Toronto Maple Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs have also been linked to a potential deal for Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin.
“These rumors are not accurate and are a distraction to our work,” NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehhr said in the statement.
Fehr also addressed the news that former New York Islanders captain Derek MacKenzie is leaving the New Jersey Devils for the NHL.”
I would encourage all members of the League to continue to work together in a constructive manner and remain calm and collected in the face of these situations.”
Fehr also addressed the news that former New York Islanders captain Derek MacKenzie is leaving the New Jersey Devils for the NHL.
MacKenzie, 32, was signed to a two-year contract in January and was expected to be part of the Devils’ team that plays the Florida Panthers in the NHL’s second round of the playoffs.
However, he has struggled to live up to expectations since he was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason.
MacKaye, 31, had a goal and an assist in five NHL games in 2016-17, but was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a three-team trade in February.
MacKaye was expected back in the Devils lineup for the playoffs this season.
“Derek has had a tough year, especially since he joined the Devils,” Fehr said.
“He’s missed some time in the past, but we’re going to make sure he has the opportunity to play again.
We’ll continue to be supportive of Derek.”
MacKay, who has played for the Penguins since 2012, has three goals and seven points in 49 games with the team.
The Penguins’ most recent win came against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
They beat the Ducks 5-2.