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Oilers decide signing Evander Kane is worth the risk


For Oilers general manager Ken Holland’s demanding moves: be careful what you wish for. After the NHL concluded its investigation about Evander Kane and allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, the Oilers made the highly questionable decision to sign him for the remainder of this season.

Out of context, the Oilers sign Evander Kane on the cheap. However, it is much more difficult to assess how much goodwill they have lost by making this bet.

Oilers sign Evander Kane: cheap only in terms of salary cap

The Oilers have been linked to a possible signing of Evander Kane for weeks now. Among other things, the starts and stops of Kane’s availability allowed the Oilers to flip through various reviews and change their minds.

Clearly, general manager Ken Holland and the Oilers organization remained committed to signing Evander Kane. Kevin Weekes tweeted for the first time possible details of the prorated contract the Oilers sign Kane for:

A wide variety of journalists Weeks saved, but note that the Oilers have yet to confirm Kane’s signing. If you want to go even deeper into the details:

Kane’s Agent Dan Milstein confirmed the contract Thursday.

This all comes after the Sharks waived Evander Kane to terminate his contract around January 8. (The NHLPA subsequently filed a grievance on Kane’s behalf.)

Now, it’s important to note that the Oilers weren’t the only team seemingly interested in giving Kane a “second chance.” Earlier this month, TSN’s Darren Dreger felt there may have been around 20 NHL teams that expressed at least some interest. Dreger mentioned continued interest from teams like the Lightning and Panthers.

But the Oilers are the team that signed him. Time will tell if they will reverse that decision and believe it was worth it.

The phrase “second chance” does a lot of work

During a press conference on Tuesday, January 11, Holland dropped a line about giving Evander Kane a chance. Of course, anyone with even a vague recollection of allegations against Evander Kane will realize that he is well beyond his “second” chance.

Consider this thread alone:

While the NHL moved beyond accusations of betting Kane’s games and couldn’t “substantiate” other allegations, the league suspended him for 21 games due to COVID-19 violations by the NHL (for apparently using a fake vaccination card). Following this, the Sharks decided to terminate his contract due to violations of the AHL COVID-19 protocol.

The NHL has shared the following statement on the latest investigation that has slowed Kane’s return to play.

Beyond the more serious allegations (and violations of league rules), Evander Kane’s clashes with his teammates go back a long way. From inspiring “Tracksuit Night” in Winnipeg to inciting Sharks teammates to demand his ousting, Kane has also had problems in the locker room.

(Although reports say that the Oilers discussed Kane with Connor McDavidthat hasn’t stopped people from wondering if this might be the kind of move that has 97 asking for a trade.)

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Unsurprisingly, the interest (from the Oilers, the NHL) drew a ton of criticism when it first looked like he would sign a new contract. Yahoo’s Chris Cuthbert wrote that it takes a “special kind of desperation, or arrogance, to sign Evander Kane”. As many, USA Today’s Mary Clarke voiced her opinion that Kane didn’t earn another chance. Even Mark Spector wrote that the Oilers were watching Kane “leaves a lot to be desired.”

But, compared to his previous cap of $7 million, Kane signed with the Oilers for relatively cheap. Their season is out of control and Kane has scored 22, 26 and 30 goals over the past three seasons.

Probing further, Kane brings other things to the table, although he also tends to take penalties.

Maybe the Oilers will try to turn things around with trades and/or coaching changes, but the addition of Evander Kane means they have nothing to give up except a relatively loose change and a spot. on the list. You know, unless you consider all the goodwill the Oilers will lose. (Never out of place, but especially true after several Oilers fans threw their jerseys on the ice after a painful 6-0 loss to the Panthers.)

Would getting those cheap goals — and, the Oilers hope, more wins — be worth going through all that criticism? Ken Holland’s answer seems to be “Yes”.

Really, though, that only reinforces the feeling that Holland and the Oilers are out of ideas.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.