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Edmonton Has A Decision To Make On Evander Kane

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ken Holland, the Oilers general manager, told us a series ago that he’d love to re-sign Kane. But there is a salary cap, and what does the leading goal scorer in the NHL Playoffs command on the market?

Six million dollars? Seven million? Eight?

“I can sign anybody. But someone's gotta go,” reasoned Holland. “If you love everybody, somebody's not staying.

“Can you keep him? I can keep anybody. But I can't keep ‘em all.”

There are salary cap machinations that would have to take place: trading Tyson Barrie’s $4.5 million cap hit; moving Zack Kassian at $3.2 million; perhaps having to choose between which restricted free agent to sign, Kailer Yamamoto or Jesse Puljujarvi.

Then there is the baggage that has dogged Kane throughout an NHL career spent on the outs with teams in Winnipeg, Buffalo and San Jose, where he was literally kicked off the island by the Sharks players.


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d ca's avatar

First, an arbitrator (Richard A. Levie) needs to hold a second day of hearings regarding his 2021-22 contract ($23M over 3 years). The issue of it being improperly terminated by SJ was never settled. The NHLPA and NHL had a one day hearing on April 19 in New York City. They needed more time and the second hearing day hasn’t been scheduled.

FYI, Mike Richards got 15 years of payments from the LA Kings when they improperly terminated his contract. He was owed $21 and the arbitrator ruled awarded $10.5M over 15 years.

FYI 2, Kane’s agent is Dan Milstein (Pavel Datsyuk’s former agent).

If Kane wins and SJ owes him money: it would make re-signing with Edmonton or elsewhere with any team for less money an easier sell. If not, he’ll probably follow the money elsewhere.

Posted by d ca on 06/07/22 at 10:07 PM ET


Hey D,

I think even if Kane wins he still wants the pay day.  I don’t know if he’s still broke but he’s always been a money first, team second guy.

Posted by SevensForTed on 06/07/22 at 11:17 PM ET

Chet's avatar

Also Kane’s circumstances make him singularly needing of another big deal. I just don’t see it—you give him even 4 years and he’s in a casino brawl or something right away? Great player, poor off ice decisions.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/08/22 at 04:25 AM ET

Chet's avatar

Maybe you can find a way to insure the *#$%@& out of the contract, who knows.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/08/22 at 04:27 AM ET

Chet's avatar

Can they write like a “No Casinos!”clause Into a SPC? I’m a lawyer (not in pro sports obvi) and have never even thought about this, but why not?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/08/22 at 04:38 AM ET

Chet's avatar

Like your deal is over if: casino mess, social media mess, ex wife mess, basically any mess?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/08/22 at 04:40 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

I thought Kane had some money issues, like even if he wins the San Jose contract, he’s not sitting on cash.

That aside, its not like the guy is 36, and wants to play one more season for his shot at the cup, he’s going to want to be paid at the market rate, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting what you are worth, irrespective of whether you already have cash or not. 

As far as riders in a contract, that’s likely a question if its permitted under the CBA. Certainly can be done in a contract if allowed,  but that will just drive his price up too if I’m Kane’s agent.  Oilers you are getting a contract filled with outs, that costs you X+Y, regular contract is X.

The Oilers need Kane, he added balance to their lineup, but their offseason focus needs to be in net and on their blue line, unfortunately for Kenny boy, neither of those are solved in Free Agency,. He’s going to need to make some trades, and those are hard, but Mike Smith turns what 65 next year, and McDavid will not be young forever, they need someone capable of winning a series in net for the next few years.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 06/08/22 at 07:57 AM ET

Chet's avatar

They need a goalie and aren’t exactly in good shape under the cap. Nurse is $9.25 and bless him but that was a huge mistake. I think that’s what you pay to keep even a reasonably good player in Edmonton, and how do you win anything having to do that?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/08/22 at 08:35 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Kane likely won’t get anything over 2 years, and shouldn’t… And he should just accept that fact. It may mean he gets a slightly higher pay day because of the short term but he’s got a lot of reputation to rebuild and I can’t imagine a team in the league who would give him 6,7,or 8 years.

For his sake and those around him, I hope he gets his crap together.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/08/22 at 11:00 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain’s Ship on 06/08/22 at 07:57 AM ET

He’s sitting on $23M over 3 years + whatever he gets from a new contract.

Mike Richards who stopped playing in spring of 2016 will be getting 900k next year because of a similar issue. His payments size decreases but continues until July of 2031.

So Kane might be bankrupt now, but that doesn’t mean he’s destitute or not sitting on a large payday.


Posted by d ca on 06/08/22 at 04:46 PM ET

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