If the San Jose Sharks make it through Evander KaneThe contract — the NHL seems to believe the Sharks have a reason to succeed — the Edmonton Oilers should seriously consider Kane’s option as a free agent. Yes, the argument that Kane may be locker room cancer makes sense, but there’s a lot to like about this particular player’s on-ice gifts, some of which are so valuable that one case can be ignored by signing a striker. potential problems.
Without discussing cost – which one of my fellow THW writers will do, we assume Kane will be a cheap addition – this article will focus on a few other things GM Ken Holland might want to consider factor.
Second chance in a short window
Giving a player a second chance is always controversial, especially a player with incredible talent. Of course, this will be Kane’s fourth or fifth chance, but maybe even Kane can keep up for a few months. Frankly, the Oilers wouldn’t ask Kane to remain above reproach for four seasons. No, they need him out of trouble for four months. One would think that even Kane could do that, especially when he has to know there is so much to do with it.
Kane has to realize this is what it is. This is his last chance and he won’t have another chance. If he can’t make his next destination the team that landed him anything other than extolling him as an NHL pro and a franchise asset, he’s done.
Talk to Kane. Make it clear that the leash is so short that the group won’t hesitate to bury him in a minor, or pay him to just sit and watch. Even a few weeks in Kane’s short time may yield results. Remember, this is a player who scored 22 goals in a shortened season last year. He still has the ability to score.
A time of crisis calls for urgent measures
The Oilers didn’t give up. That said, they could use some help. A struggling team with real questions about how to fix the Oilers’ woes. It would be great if the players could work their way out of this slump. If they can’t, any other move will cost this team’s assets.
Maybe the rumours are true, Ken Holland is kicking tires with people like this Marc-Andre Fleury or Carey price. First, there is no guarantee that both will be available. Second, adding them won’t be cheap; for starters, expect first-round picks to go the other way.
Meanwhile, Kane only spends money, and probably not much. All it takes is for Kane to see the Oilers as a chance to win, a chance to restore his reputation. If the cards are correct, this could be one of the steals of the season, and the upside is that it will be done before the NHL trade deadline, and if it doesn’t work out, the Oilers have time to pivot.
What did the oilers have to lose?
Such a move would have been outrageous a few months ago. Maybe it still is. Then again, the Oilers are only one playoff miss away from a guaranteed coaching change. The next name on the hot seat is general manager. after that? …
if holland goes Conor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse and they executed the idea, and the conversation stopped when they said “thank you, but no thanks”. If all three think they can handle the new personality that the Kane acquisition brings, why doesn’t the general manager trust the leadership team?For better measure, get Mike Smith They might say that adding Kane was worth the risk, and tell Holland that the room is either strong enough to handle players or vulnerable because Kane’s addition won’t make the squad any more chaotic than it is now.
There is a saying that the club has real camaraderie and the wrong combination of players could set the club back. Now, with the losing streak getting longer and so many players sidelined due to the coronavirus or injuries, there’s far less ground for that argument.
At the end of the day, Kane has filled many of the obvious needs of this Oilers team, and there is only one good reason not to bring him in. The question becomes, how much he can do on the ice is more important than how much distraction he can possibly do?
This is a fair question.
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.”