Oilers Rumors: Edmonton Looking to Trade Evander Kane

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, there were rumors swirling in Vegas at the 2024 NHL Draft that the Edmonton Oilers asked veteran forward Evander Kane to waive his no-movement clause. Friedman had this to say recently via 32 Thoughts:

There were rumours they had asked Evander Kane to waive his no-move clause, but as of Saturday, that had not occurred. That’s another one to keep in mind. We’ll see if that becomes a thing at all, but as of Saturday, it had not happened.

Kane has two seasons left on his deal at $5.1 million per season and does hold a full no-movement clause for the 2024-25 season and this turns into a modified no-trade clause that covers 16-teams in March before the 2025 trade deadline. The 32-year-old winger battled through a sports hernia throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which kept him in and out of practices and games for the past several weeks.

Kane finished the regular season posting  24 goals and 44 points in 77 games and chipped in with eight points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games. With all the hoop la on and off the ice with Kane, it's becoming quite obvious the Oilers would prefer to move on at this point.

The Oilers currently have a projected $9 million in cap space and have a number of pending free agents they'd like to re-sign including Connor Brown, Adam Henrique and Mattias Janmark. By moving out Kane for essentially nothing in a salary dump transaction, could allow for Oilers management to bring back their entire third line who were vital for success deep into the playoffs.

Kane's days in Edmonton, appear to be numbered.

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