Controversial Kane set to sign with Oilers

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It will be Edmonton for Evander, indeed.

According to multiple insider reports, controversial forward Evander Kane is expected to sign a one-year pro-rated contract for the remainder of the season with the Edmonton Oilers.

The deal is worth $750k. It includes a signing bonus worth $625k and equates to a $2.1 million salary hit, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting.

DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 1: Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks looks on against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on May 1, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Evander Kane has reportedly reached a deal with the Oilers. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Kane is reportedly on his way to Edmonton to officially broker the deal.

The agreement hinged on an NHL investigation into the incident that led to Kane’s contract being ripped up by the San Jose Sharks. The divorce was prompted by allegations of Kane breaking COVID-19 protocol when travelling across the border last month.

But the league concluded this probe on Thursday, stating that there was insufficient evidence Kane “knowingly made misrepresentations regarding his COVID-19 status or test results” when crossing the border. 

The NHLPA filed a grievance on behalf of Kane following his contract termination, stating that the Sharks “did not have sufficient grounds” to do so.

The forward had previously been suspended 21 games and subsequently demoted to the American Hockey League for submitting a fake vaccination card at the outset of the season.

While there are certain morality issues associated with bringing Kane into the fold after other alleged incidents and other issues mounting, the 30-year-old forward should help a team desperate for scoring beyond Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Kane scored at beyond a 30-goal pace in parts of the last four seasons with the Sharks, totalling 87 goals and 166 points in those 212 games.

Related: It will take a special type of desperation, or arrogance, to sign Evander Kane

For a desperate Oilers team clinging to the pack in the Western Conference chase, that’s what has been ultimately deemed most important.

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