Edmonton Oilers re-sign Evander Kane to four-year, $5.125 million cap

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed forward Evander Kane to a four-year contract with an average annual value of $5.125 million per season, Kane announced Tuesday night.

Kane, 30, has 22 goals and 39 points in 43 games for the Oilers after signing a one-year contract with the team midway through the 2021-22 regular season. He added 13 goals and 17 points in 15 playoff games as the Oilers reached the Western Conference Finals.

The Oilers were able to sign Kane last season after the San Jose Sharks terminated his previous contract, with his former club alleging he breached his contract by violating the American Hockey League’s COVID-19 rules. The NHLPA later filed a grievance on Kane’s behalf.

The Atlanta Thrashers originally selected Kane with the No. 4 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He followed the team’s move north in 2011 to become the Winnipeg Jets, spending four seasons in the Manitoba capital before being traded to the Buffalo Sabers in 2015.

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The Sabers then traded Kane to the Sharks in 2018. In 812 career regular season games with the Thrashers, Jets, Sabres, Sharks and Oilers, Kane scored 286 goals and 545 points.

« I want to win, and I believe that after signing this agreement [the Oilers] will be able to add the right pieces with myself to achieve that goal, a championship,” Kane said Tuesday.

With Kane back under contract, the Oilers now have nine forwards with NHL experience under contract for 2022-23: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman, Kane, Warren Foegele, Derek Ryan, Devin Shore , Dylan Holloway, Seth Griffith and Brad Malone.

The Oilers still have about $10 million in cap space to sign pending RFA forwards Ryan McLeod, Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto, as well as plug some holes in defense and in goal.

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