If Ken Holland doesn’t end up signing Evander Kane Is it good or bad for the Edmonton Oilers as the pending UFA forward is suspended following a league investigation into his travel habits? Some might argue that if the team had to give up efforts to add wingers, the Oilers would be doomed. Others will suggest that the Oilers won’t get players they can actually use, and given that his contract has been terminated, it wouldn’t be fair to have another long suspension. In both cases, if the NHL blames Kane for another COVID protocol violation, the Oilers could have some salary cap adjustments.
Kane faces suspension and legal issues
The latest on Kane is that the NHL is investigating reports that he crossed the border after testing positive for COVID. If he does so without proper medical authorization and clearance, the former San Jose Sharks forward may consider another suspension, perhaps an extended one.
In fact, as reported Frank Serravalli During the daily standoff, the league sent a memo to all 32 teams stating that the NHL had launched an independent investigation into Kane’s cross-border travel and that Kane could not only be suspended again, but could also face criminal charges for giving false testimony Investigations and violations of Canadian federal quarantine laws.
If Kane is found to have violated those rules, he may not be able to sign with another NHL club, or at least, if the suspension is long enough, teams like the Oilers may have to reconsider signing him. Any team taking a risk on Kane may immediately wish they hadn’t for financial reasons.
Kane can play 40 games
Gregor keep writing If Kane is found to have broken the rules, his last 21-match ban will be the minimum for the next one. The reality is that Kane could be closer to 40 games. If so, the Oilers can ask, what’s the point of signing him?
Not only that, if generic Ken Holland Still wanting Kane and eager to get him next season, the team may have to pay him half his salary to sit down. Gregor attempted to paint a scenario where this could happen, writing:
“He signed a contract. He was suspended for 40 games. The team still owes him money for the 40 games he missed at the start of the season. It doesn’t go to him, it goes in like every suspended player. Emergency fund for players. They don’t get the money, but the team still pays.
Others have disputed Gregor’s claims, suggesting that neither the contract termination nor the NHL suspension will happen, but there is little precedent to draw from here. Things got tricky because the Sharks terminated the Kane deal and the suspension would come from the NHL in particular.
Signing the consequences of suspending Kane
both Jason Gregor and Sean Simpson The head of TSN looked at what would happen to Kane and the Oilers if Kane was found to be in breach of COVID protocols. Simpson noted that the Oilers could have problems if Kane signs and is suspended for the rest of the season. “That would be a complete waste of money and cap space,” Simpson said. Gregor believes that may not necessarily be the case.
Suspensions for violating COVID do not count towards the cap. Well, at least that didn’t count against the salary cap when he was suspended by the Sharks. Additionally, the league could announce a suspension before he signs. Doubt any team sign him for the rest of the season if the suspension is extended for a long time.
Simpson then responded that the suspension doesn’t count toward the Sharks’ cap: “I think it’s a big plus for the Sharks, and I’m not sure any team that signs him will be so lucky this time.”
In short, it’s hard to know how this will all unfold. It only adds to the drama surrounding the Oilers’ interest in players and at least confirms that the situation is complex and fluid. Are the Oilers desperate enough to keep going after players? Is Kane’s situation untouchable for the Netherlands? If the Oilers have already signed Kane, as some reports have suggested, is that really bad news?
Jim Parsons is a senior THW freelance writer, part-time reporter and audio/video host who lives, eats, sleeps and breathes NHL news and rumors while also writing features on the Edmonton Oilers. He has been The Hockey Writers’ trusted source for more than five years, but more importantly, his mission is to keep readers informed of the latest NHL rumors and trade talk. Jim is an everyday staple for readers who want to be “informed.”