Capitals Dodge A Bullet: Oilers Sign Kane To One-Year, $2.1 Million Contract

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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Edmonton Oilers signed unrestricted free agent left-wing Evander Kane to a one-year, $2.1 million contract. The Washington Capitals were the other team that was in the running for the 30-year-old’s services.

The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun stated sources confirm that the Capitals spoke to Kane’s camp but never made a contract offer.

Kane has 264 goals and 506 points in 769 career regular-season game with the Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, and Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers but comes with some major off-ice issues. The Sharks terminated his contract after Kane travelled to Vancouver with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda while positive for COVID-19 despite the fact that he led the team in goals (22), assists (27), and points (49) in 56 games last season.

The NHL suspended Kane, who has hit the 20-goal mark seven times in his 11-season NHL career and 40-point mark eight, for 21 games after crossing the United States-Canada border while COVID-19 positive. There is hope that he will play on Saturday at the Montreal Canadiens, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Kane’s contract includes a full no-movement clause and he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 17.

This appears like a pure desperation move from the Oilers, who are just 4-11-2 since December 3 (.294 points percentage is better than just the Montreal Canadiens) after a 16-5-0 start to the season. Centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have at least 30 points more than any other player on the team, which ranks 11th in goals-per-game (3.24) and second on the power-play (29.6).

Kane ranked fourth on the Sharks in power-play ice time (2:47 per game) last season.

Kane and the Oilers are scheduled to visit the Capitals on Wednesday. They will also play on Wednesday, March 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

By Harrison Brown

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4 Responses to Capitals Dodge A Bullet: Oilers Sign Kane To One-Year, $2.1 Million Contract

  1. Rebuild coming soon says:

    Doesn’t matter. With or without him caps will be out after 1st round. Again. Now watch gm trade youth for a another old guy for a short term rental. Hopefully they miss playoffs to quicken the rebuild. Sad part Ovi will be gone too. Even Gretzky got traded…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m glad we didn’t sign him. The last thing we need is more goal scoring.

  3. Scottlew73 says:

    Yeah what would you want with an almost point a game guy? Even though he’s been “Tire Fire” off the ice when he’s on he produces! And for his price it’s more than what your getting Haglin!!

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