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Evander Kane Decision Imminent: Two Teams In, Oilers the Favorite

An Evander Kane decision is expected this week and there are two teams awaiting the news. The Edmonton Oilers are still the favorite.

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals are on high alert this week as both teams are awaiting news as it pertains to the future of forward Evander Kane. The NHL is finishing up its investigation into Kane’s traveling over the border in December, potentially without the proper permission and paperwork. If the investigation finds there was no issue, Kane is free to sign with any team he’d like, the Caps and Oilers being the two most talked about landing spots.

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Multiple insiders started weighing in on the reports surrounding Kane. Kevin Weekes wrote, “As the @NHL investigation is reaching its final phase; sources tell me that Evander Kane’s Camp has notified interested clubs, that it’s down to two teams. Bearing any last-minute changes as of now the @EdmontonOilers are the likeliest destination for Kane.”

Further to his possible connection with the Oilers, Darren Dreger of TSN writes:

As Evander Kane awaits word from the NHL on further suspension or not, the Oilers interest in the power forward remains strong. Sources say Kane met with GM Ken Holland and head coach Dave Tippett earlier this week to discuss his fit on the team. Oilers, one of two teams in mix.

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The Washington Capitals are also said to have an interest in how all of this goes. Elliotte Friedman wrote recently, “Another team who has at least discussed it and considered [signing Kane] is the Washington Capitals.” He noted, “There’s nothing done. No contact or nothing like that, but they’re another team in addition to the Oilers who have looked into this.” While the Capitals are likely more a contender for the Stanley Cup than Edmonton is at this stage, the Caps interest is said to be less serious than Edmonton’s is.

Connor McDavid has already publicly talked about how the optics of adding Kane to the team isn’t something he’s worried about. Placing more importance on how Kane can help the Oilers on the ice, he would give them a proven top-six weapon and forward who can score goals. In essence, McDavid is thinking the PR might be bad for a day, but if Kane comes in and produces, his off-ice issues will be overlooked fairly quickly.

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