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Evander Kane Commerce Would Enable Oilers to Reload for Stanley Cup Run Amid NHL Rumors

Erik Beaston July 2, 2024 Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images The NHL may be making headlines for a record-setting star to free agency Monday, with teams bringing new players on board in hopes of chasing a Stanley Cup victory, but the defending Western Conference champion Edmonton Oilers are working to convince one of their players

Evander Kane Commerce Would Enable Oilers to Reload for Stanley Cup Run Amid NHL Rumors

Erik BeastonJuly 2, 2024

SUNRISE, FLORIDA - JUNE 10: Evander Kane #91 of the Edmonton Oilers walks down the hallway after warming up before Game Two of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final between the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers at Amerant Bank Arena on June 10, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The NHL could also be making headlines for a record-setting star to free company Monday, with groups bringing new gamers on board in hopes of chasing a Stanley Cup victory, however the defending Western Convention champion Edmonton Oilers are working to persuade one in every of their gamers to waive a no-trade clause.

Eliotte Friedman of the 32 Ideas podcast reported that “there have been rumors that that they had requested Evander Kane to waive his no transfer clause however as of Saturday, that had not occurred,” (h/t The Hockey News for the transcription).

In accordance with CapFriendly, Kane’s contract is a $5.125 million hit in opposition to the wage cap in 2024. It is sensible that the group could be taken with buying and selling him and opening up at the very least a few of that cash so it will probably reload for an additional Stanley Cup run.

There’s motive for the Oilers to need to maintain onto him. Kane had his most factors (44) for the reason that 2020-21 season and added eight extra throughout the playoffs. He performed with regular consistency all through the season and gave the group a mean of 18:49 of ice group per sport.

Nonetheless, the contract is simply too huge to justify and the group has wants.

Because it was a roster constructed of one-year offers and expiring contracts that the group acquired on the deadline, the Oilers might want to present depth for its core.

The easiest way to perform that’s to unencumber cap house and commerce gamers who’re both growing older or whose worth is of their financial price to the franchise.

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That second one is the class that Kane falls in at this level.

Sadly for Edmonton, Kane holds all of the playing cards and may refuse any commerce based mostly on the clause in his contract.

How the group will get him to waive that clause in order that he will be dealt to a company that may present these depth gamers stays to be seen however the Oilers will be unable to maximise their roster so long as Kane and his $5 million are on the books.

There’s aid for the group. In March, Kane’s clause turns right into a modified one, by which he has to current Edmonton with a listing of 16 groups he doesn’t need traded to. Everybody else could be honest sport.

Whether or not that’s too late within the sport for the Oilers is the query.

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