The Edmonton Oilers have been widely praised for their signing of left-winger Dominik Kahun this offseason. Some were surprised Kahun was available for such a low number and on such a short-term deal, but according to the Edmonton Journal’s Kurt Leavins, there’s a reason Oilers GM Ken Holland was able to land Kahun how and when he did.
Leavins writes that Kahun, who recently signed with Edmonton on a one-year $975K deal, left both term and money on the table before he chose the Oilers. Leavins even writes that Edmonton was willing to do more than one season before Kahun tested the market to find it didn’t offer what he was hoping it would.
Leavins suggests that Kahun and his agent might have made the mistake so many other forwards did and misread the NHL free agent market. He explained:
Multiple sources have related to me that Dominik Kahun had other offers early in Free Agency, and for more money than what the Oilers ultimately inked him for. Perhaps Kahun’s representation felt that he could do better.
I am led to believe that there were talks over a multi-year deal. And that both the club and the player are more than willing to entertain an extension part-way through 2020-21.
If the Oilers were willing to sign him to a multi-year contract, what happened? One has to assume that when Kahun returned with little leverage and the Oilers were left with little money, Kahun chose a place where he thought he could produce and with a team that had already showed signs they were willing to commit to him.
What’s Next for the Oilers and Kahun?
If nothing else, this upcoming season will be an extended tryout. It appears both Kahun and the Oilers were be looking to find some chemistry with either Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl and if and when that happens, an extension will be discussed.
It sounds like both sides have no desire to drag out keeping Kahun around if he’s the right fit. If it clicks, a new longer-term deal is likely soon to follow.
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