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Oilers general manager Ken Holland talks about Evander Kane

Days after Evander Kane’s contract was terminated by the San Jose Sharks, all eyes were on where the player could land next.

There was no lack of interest, with up to 20 teams reportedly expressing some level of interest in the highly controversial sniper.

And on Tuesday morning, Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland became the first to speak of such interest.

“The first step is to understand everything that has happened in that person’s life and what is going on,” Holland said. “I believe in second chances – it’s hard to be perfect.”

Kane’s off-ice issues have been well documented. He has been suspended for 21 games this year for producing a fake COVID vaccination card. He also had allegations of gambling in hockey games and domestic violence, as well as a lawsuit against him from the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas which has since been dropped. The NHL has determined that neither the gambling nor domestic violence allegations can be substantiated, but that is not the same as Kane being found innocent in court.

The Sharks also tried to trade Kane during the offseason after it was alleged he had a “general disrespect for team rules” such as being late for practices and games, and that it had “no consequences,” reported Kevin Kurz of The Athletic.

On the Oilers’ side, to sign Kane, they would need to feel that Kane would not disrupt an already fragile team that is collapsing in the NHL standings.

On the ice he would undoubtedly be a solid top-six addition. Kane would have the opportunity to play alongside Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl which could be a powerful combination.

Second chances are no stranger to the Oilers. They signed Craig MacTavish in 1985 after serving a one-year sentence for homicide and driving while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The team also acquired Zack Kassian in 2015 after the attacker admitted to an alcohol addiction that led him to use the NHL / NHLPA program for addiction and behavioral health.

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