Free agent Evander Kane piques interest of Oilers general manager

The prospect of adding a big, skilled winger like Evander Kane on the cheap without a long-term commitment has reportedly piqued the interest of several NHL teams, with one general manager saying he’d be willing to give the former San Jose Sharks forward another chance.

Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland, whose team has been in a tailspin the past five weeks, falling behind the Sharks in the Pacific Division standings, said Tuesday that he has been in contact with Kane’s agent, Dan Milstein.

Kane had his seven-year, $49 million contract terminated by the Sharks on Sunday, one day after they placed him on unconditional waivers as they believed he breached his deal and violated AHL COVID-19 protocols. Kane is disputing those conclusions, and the NHLPA has filed a grievance on his behalf.

Still, the Sharks’ move ended Kane’s time in San Jose as he became an unrestricted free agent.

Asked specifically if he believes in reclamation projects, Holland said, “when a situation doesn’t work out somewhere else to give somebody another opportunity? Yes. Do I believe in it? Yes.”

Milstein told Pierre Lebrun of TSN and The Athletic that he and Kane, 30, are almost done interviewing with teams and that a new contract will be agreed to by this weekend.

Update from Evander Kane’s agent Dan Milstein: “We are interviewing with teams. Almost done. Contract by weekend.”
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At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Kane is coming off his best NHL year from a points-per-game standpoint with 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games for the Sharks last season. From the start of 2016-17 until the end of 2020-2021, Kane had 135 goals, 18th-most among all NHL players in that time.

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Off the ice, though, the past calendar year has been a tumultuous one for Kane.

Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Jan. 2021 as he listed assets of $10.2 million and liabilities of $26.8 million. He also accrued $1.5 million in gambling debts. The NHL also opened three investigations into Kane in the offseason, including ones regarding allegations made by his estranged wife that involved him gambling on NHL games, as well as domestic violence and sexual assault.

The NHL would announce that it could not find any evidence to support Anna Kane’s allegations. However, in a separate investigation, the league did find in October that Kane violated NHL COVID-19 protocols for submitting a fake vaccination card and handed him a 21-game suspension that ended in late November.

Holland said if he were to talk to Kane, he would want to “get an understanding of everything that’s going on in that person’s life – not their whole life – but get an understanding of what’s going on.

“I believe in second chances. It’s hard to be perfect. We’re all people, we all make mistakes. Some make big mistakes, some make little mistakes, but it’s hard to be perfect.”

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