Well, it’s official. The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with Evander Kane on a one-year deal. If he officially signs the contract by 5 PM Friday, he will make $970,000 for the season and carry a $2,108,696 cap hit.
The exact cap hit is TBD if contract is officially signed before or after 5 ET…if before, slightly under $2.1M. If after, slightly above it.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 27, 2022
Evander Kane’s #LetsGoOilers contract was not signed by 5pm Eastern today. If signed by 5pm tomorrow:
Actual Cash Paid to Kane $970K
Cap Hit $2,108,696https://t.co/65yIXaWBM7 https://t.co/mgsQ1XJWDC
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) January 27, 2022
Kane will be with the Oilers for the remainder of this regular season, as it also comes with a full no-movement clause.
Kane signing with the Oilers was not a matter of if but when. The 30-year-old winger has been linked to the team for weeks, but now, he is finally a part of the team. There’s no question that the Oilers need a boost in their lineup at this time. They have won just three out of their last 10 games and have a 20-16-2 record because of it. With this, they have fallen to sixth in the Pacific Division and are trying to get back into the playoff picture.
Kane is a very good player who should work marvelously with Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl. In 56 games last season with the San Jose Sharks, he had 22 goals and 49 points. All hockey fans know he’s very skilled, but he also had his contract terminated for a reason. If he stays out of trouble off the ice and in the locker room, this could be a nice short-term deal for the Oilers.
Nevertheless, next time you see Kane on the ice, he will be sporting an Oilers jersey.
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