By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Edmonton Oilers gave Evander Kane a chance when no other team would. He has re-paid them by re-signing a four-year extension with the team.
The free agent agreed to a $20.5 million deal. Kane announced his contract on social media by saying “I’m back.”
“I’m pleased to announce I will be staying with the Edmonton Oilers for the next four years ($5.125 AAV),” Kane said on Twitter. “Throughout the last 12 months, there have been lots of roadblocks, tons of adversity, and many tough days. I’m grateful for the tremendous amount of support from family, friends, teammates, and others, who have helped me stay strong through those difficult times.
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“I want to thank the Edmonton Oilers for giving me an opportunity to REMIND people, who I am as a player and a person. I also want to thank my girlfriend Mara. She has been my rock through these past 12 months and I’m grateful to have her by my side. A big part of my decision to stay in Edmonton was because of the opportunity given to me only 7 months ago but also the chance to be a part of a championship team. I want to win, and I believe after signing this deal, we will be able to add the right pieces along with myself to accomplish that goal, a championship.”
In 43 games with the Oilers during the 2021-22 season, he had 22 goals. Kane also had 17 assists for 39 points.
Kane has appeared in 812 games. He has scored 286 goals and had 259 assists for 545 points since his NHL debut as an 18-year-old with the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2009-10 season.
Kane became a free agent after the San Jose Sharks terminated his contract. The Sharks terminated his seven-year, $49 million deal for violating the COVID-19 protocols while with their American Hockey League affiliate.
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He filed a grievance through the NHL Players’ Association. He also was suspended for 21 games by the Sharks for submitting a fake vaccine card.
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