NHL Rumors: Evander Kane deal by “this weekend” – Oilers contacted agent

After the San Jose Sharks officially terminated Evander Kane’s deal Sunday night by placing him on unconditional waivers, the NHLPA and his agent filed a grievance.

Kane’s deal was ended due to a COVID-19 violation. That obviously did nothing to deter anyone. While teams wait for the dust to settle on that situation, there has been reportedly no shortage of interest.

The buzz on Kane is that he is good with signing a one year low-cost deal with a contender. There’s plenty of teams fitting that mold. Especially since most contenders are cap-strapped and can only afford to sign a player at minimal dollars.

Evander Kane deal imminent

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May 7, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane (9) skates during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, Pierre LeBrun touched base with Kane’s agent Dan Milstein, who said: “We are interviewing with teams. Almost done. Contract by weekend.”

According to Michael Traikos there are at least six teams that have shown interest. They include the Maple Leafs, Oilers, Hurricanes, Panthers, Golden Knights, and Lightning.

Toronto was considered a frontrunner earlier today, but that has changed. Oilers GM Ken Holland confirmed on Tuesday that he spoke with Kane’s agent.

“I’ve talked to his agent, his agent is Dan Milstein — I know Dan very well because he was Pavel Datsyuk’s agent,” Holland said referencing his Detroit days. “As the manager, it’s my responsibility to investigate every situation.”

Kane, 30, led the Sharks in goals (22) and assists (27) while appearing in all 56 games last season.

He has 264 goals and 242 assists in 769 career games for the Atlanta Thrashers (2009-11), Winnipeg Jets (2011-15), Buffalo Sabres (2015-18) and Sharks.

Stay tuned.