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Could Capitals Look Into Evander Kane This Offseason?



Could the Capitals look into Evander Kane

The Washington Capitals have a hefty to-do list this offseason, with the team needing to fill multiple voids on the roster. Beyond just a goaltender, the team may also need secondary scoring help with Nicklas Backstrom out long-term (hip resurfacing surgery) and Tom Wilson not available until at least December as he recovers from a torn ACL.

Taking that into account, some names on the market could be of interest, and one that ESPN’s Kevin Weekes suggested could be Evander Kane.

Per Pierre LeBrun, agent Dan Milstein said the Edmonton Oilers have given Kane permission to speak with other clubs. He is a restricted free agent.

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The 30-year-old winger signed with the Oilers back in January following his buyout from the San Jose Sharks. Washington was reportedly in the running for his services, but he chose Edmonton. Through 43 games, he dished 22 goals and 17 assists. Then, in the run to the Western Conference Final, he led the way with 13 goals.

Kane would help Washington, who needs secondary scoring and help on the man advantage. However, the price would have to be right. He is coming off a $2.1 million contract and would likely be in for a pay raise. Per Weekes, Edmonton’s offer was a three-year deal in the $4.75 million AAV range. It’s unclear if that still holds true.

There is still lingering questions surrounding past off-ice issues, including his suspension for a fake COVID-19 vaccination card and breaking protocol. There were also allegations of abuse and gambling, though both were dismissed.

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