San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane (9) against the Vegas Golden Knights during an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Power forward Evander Kane went from being a pariah for the San Jose Sharks to a free agent with multiple bidders in the marketplace.
Kane’s lengthy list of off-ice issues (gambling, financial woes, ugly divorce allegations, fake vaccination card, etc) and poor teammate relations prompted the Sharks to bury him in the minors.
Then the Sharks terminated his contract and turned him loose. Kane’s camp is contesting that termination – doubtlessly seeking a significant financial settlement – while simultaneously shopping his services around the league.
The reeling Edmonton Oilers targeted him, pursuing him more aggressively than the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs.
“When the situation doesn’t work out somewhere else, to give someone an opportunity? Do I believe in it?” Oilers general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday. “The answer is yes.”
Kane is one of the best skate-and-shoot talents in the league. He can fly, he fires lots of shots on goal, and he uses his speed to body check with leverage. He can agitate and fight as well.
He could rack up lots of goals if he got to play with Oilers superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
While the Oilers do need more scoring, they also have big…