Evander Kane announces he re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers
In the early morning hours, pending UFA forward Evander Kane announced he will be staying with the Edmonton Oilers.
“I want to thank the Edmonton Oilers for giving me an opportunity to REMIND people who I am as a player and a person,” Kane said in a statement. “A big part of my decision to stay in Edmonton was because of the opportunity given to me only seven months ago but also the chance to be a part of a championship team. I want to win, and I believe after signing this deal we will be able to add the right pieces along with myself to accomplish that goal.”
The deal with the Oilers is for four-years with an AAV of $5.125 million.
According to CapFriendly, the Oilers have $9.9 million in space with late reports indicating that UFA goalie Jack Campbell is likely set to sign in Edmonton.
Evander Kane re-signs with Edmonton Oilers
Kane, 30, had a big postseason with 13 goals and 17 points in 15 games. That performance, along with a solid regular season of 39 points in 43 had him as an interesting UFA target.
During the 2021-22 campaign he was suspended for 21 games in September for violating the NHL’s COVID policy which eventually led to the San Jose Sharks terminating his contract and making him a free agent. Both sides are still awaiting a hearing if that termination did not violate CBA rules.
Reports leading up to free agency indicated that the Oilers had an offer on the table for Kane. Edmonton also granted Kane’s agent Dan Milstein permission to talk with other teams to see if they could do better.
In the end, it appears the Kane has opted to stay with the Oilers and why wouldn’t he? Playing with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl is a priceless benefit.