Evander Kane is living on a new four-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, hey announced in a Twitter post Tuesday night, hours before the NHL free agent market opens.
The average annual value of Kane’s deal against the salary range is $5.125 million.
Kane scored a total of 22 goals and 17 assists in 43 games with Edmonton last season, scoring 13 goals in 15 playoff games. He spent most of his time playing under the wing of star center Conor McDavid.
The Oilers allowed Kane to speak with other teams before the opening of the NHL’s free agency period, while continuing to negotiate with the Left.
“We had tons of talks. We don’t have much cap space,” Edmonton general manager Ken Holland said in the NHL draft last week.
Kane was expected to be one of the foremost goal-scoring forwards available in unrestricted free agency. Multiple reports indicated that Kane was seeking a long-term contract worth over $7 million a year. Instead, he opted to reconnect with Edmonton.
In his Twitter post, which included the subject line “I’m back,” Kane thanked the Oilers for giving them “an opportunity to remind people who I am as a player and as a person.”
Kane, 30, signed with the Oilers in January after the San Jose Sharks terminated their remaining seven-year, $49 million contract for violating COVID-19 protocols while in the American Hockey League. Kane has challenged the Sharks’ decision by filing a complaint through the NHL Players Association.
Kane wrote, “A big part of my decision to stay in Edmonton was the opportunity given to me not only seven months ago, but also to be part of the championship team.” “I want to win and I believe, once we sign this deal, we will be able to add the right pieces with us to accomplish that goal.”
I’m back. pic.twitter.com/aBAw0dQlNL
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) 13 July 2022
According to PuckPedia, an NHL contract and salary cap tracking site, Kane’s contract includes a $11.5 million signing bonus amount and a no-movement clause until February 28, 2025; After that, it’s a 16-team no-trade list.
Kane’s complaint with the Sharks complicated his free agent position, as a decision in his favor could theoretically reinstate his contract with San Jose.
Controversy has followed Kane during his 13-year NHL career with the Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabers, and in his four years with the Sharks. Early last season, he was investigated by the NHL after being accused of domestic assault by his estranged wife, Anna Kane, and betting on NHL games, including his own with San Jose. The NHL said the assault allegations “could not be confirmed” and found no evidence that he bet on hockey.
Kane was not invited to the Sharks’ pre-season training camp because of the investigation. He was suspended for 21 games after submitting fake vaccine cards to the Sharks and the NHL. Kane did not play in the regular season until the Oilers signed him to a one-year deal worth $2,108,696.
Holland said at the time, “You need to understand everything that has happened in that person’s life. I believe in second chances. It’s hard to be right.” “We are all people. Some make big mistakes, some make small mistakes. I think if someone makes a mistake in their life, they have to learn from it and try to change it.”