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Evander Kane could be the odd man out on the Oilers

Published January 11, 2024 at 8:51
With the recent dip in performance from Evander Kane, some Oilers fans have been wondering about if keeping him around for an extension is going to be the right idea. Kane is currently on a $5.125M cap hit until 2025-26, which also has a no-move clause tacked on to the contract. This ensures that Kane can't be moved against his will until the 2025-26 season, where it turns into a partial no-move clause. This means that Kane can submit a 16 team no-move list if the Oilers wish to trade him, complicating a trade much further for the team.

Now, Oilers analyst Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Athletic is reporting that if push comes to shove with the Oilers cap situation, Evander Kane could become a casualty, especially if his play continues to decline.

Kane started off the season incredibly hot with 18 points in 19 games, but only 4 points in his last 16 games. He has been struggling heavily as of late, culminating in deployment on the third line. With no improvement in sight for Kane, it seems like it may be soon to move on from him whenever they can.

With cap space being a thing of the past for the Oilers, Ken Holland is doing all he can to get himself out of the hole he's made. Kane definitely has been a valuable addition to the Oilers in years past, so hopefully he can find his game again and the possibility of trade becomes past discussion.
January 11   |   367 answers
Evander Kane could be the odd man out on the Oilers

What should the Oilers do with Evander Kane?

Keep him until the end of his contract17246.9 %
Try to move on from him ASAP9024.5 %
Extend him after his contract at low value10528.6 %
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