The Edmonton Oilers threw a hail mary on Thursday in the hopes of conserving their speedily dwindling time, with the team anticipated to sign UFA winger Evander Kane for the remainder of the yr.
On the ice, Kane has 264 goals and 242 helps in 769 frequent season online games, like a San Jose Sharks-main 49 details in 56 video games previous season.
But off the ice, which is where the tale definitely begins to get deeper.
Considering that earning his debut with the now-defunct Atlanta Thrashers back in 2009, Kane has managed to put up fantastic figures – but although also bringing controversy everywhere he’s absent.
Back in 2015, Kane was despatched out of city by the Winnipeg Jets soon soon after arriving late to a assembly in violation of the team’s gown code, triggering then-Jets teammate Dustin Byfuglien to throw Kane’s tracksuit in the shower in get to send out a information.
So, getting been booted from the firm that drafted him, Kane then headed to Buffalo, where by he speedily acquired into an altercation with then-Sabres teammate Justin Falk right after injuring Zach Bogosian in observe, which led to Falk contacting Kane a “egocentric [expletive]”.
A minimal in excess of a thirty day period later on, Kane was then delivered to San Jose, where his assure to not openly struggle with his teammates attained him a seven-calendar year extension that finally aged like milk.
Three decades into that offer, Kane’s teammates had reached the point where they began utilizing their exit meetings to beg Sharks management not to allow him return to the team the next calendar year. This, mind you, occurred right before Kane violated the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols in September by distributing a phony vaccination card in spite of currently being informed to keep house from Sharks schooling camp, earning him a 21-game suspension from the league for the duration of which Kane’s teammates went out of their way to affirm that they have been not talking to him.
And now, soon just after violating COVID-19 protocols for a next time this season – this time in the AHL – Kane will enter an Oilers locker space that is seemingly on the brink of collapse, with the staff at present sitting down in the vicinity of the base of a Pacific Division believed to be the weakest in all of hockey, inspite of utilizing the two major place-getters in the overall league.