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About The San Jose Sharks Signing Evander Kane

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

According to multiple reports, the team is close to finalizing a contract with free-agent-to-be Evander Kane. The deal, expected to pay $49 million over seven years, is another step in the passing of the torch from Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to a new generation of players.

While the longterm commitment to Kane is raising eyebrows because of the forward’s checkered past, it’s a deal the Sharks absolutely need to make.

The Sharks are attempting to pull off an extaordinarily difficult trick in the NHL’s salary-cap era: transition from one core to another while maintaining status as perennial Stanley Cup contender. It’s difficult to replace all-star players such as Thornton and Marleau without falling down.

But the Sharks managed to capitalize on a market inefficiency related to Kane. His questionable reputation enabled them to get him for a bargain price at the trade deadline — a first round pick, a fourth-round pick, and Danny O’Regan. With this contract, they’ve essentially replaced Marleau with a player 12 years younger and not much more expensive (less than $350,000) than Marleau was in the final year of his contract with the Sharks.

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TreKronor's avatar

I’m not sure I would consider a 1st,4th round picks and a protect to be a “bargain” for a guy who becomes a FA a couple months later. But whatever.

I still think this is a terrible signing at this length and price.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/24/18 at 09:23 AM ET

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I would also question that Kane is a replacement for Marleau, as I don’t recall Marleau ever being associated with the volume of excess baggage that seems to travel with Kane.

Posted by Vitamix Blashill from The Land of Unhealthy Scratching on 05/24/18 at 09:51 AM ET

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I know it goes a bit against current opinion but I think this is a contract that actually turns out pretty well for San Jose. I think Kane is more like a cross between Marleau and Thorton and will be good at replacing their production. I think he becomes a regular 30 goal scorer with a stronger supporting cast and has the physical attributes to go up against the big centers in the west. Power forwards are tough to find. Somebody was going to pay him.

I think half his attitude problems were overblown by the media and the other half he’s finally grown out of. He competes hard on the ice.

I honestly think injuries are the biggest concern. He’s had numerous that could be attributed to his hard style of play.

Only time will really tell.

Posted by evileye on 05/24/18 at 10:20 AM ET

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