The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Evander Kane to a seven-year contract worth an average annual value of $7 million. The contract carries a modified no-trade clause as well as some bonuses.
“At only 26-years-old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey’s true power forwards and an impact player,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. “We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders.”
Rumours of the deal had been in the works for the past several days.
The Vancouver-born Kane had five points in nine post-season games for the Sharks. That’s not a bad showing for his playoff debut.
He also posted 54 points in 78 regular season games in San Jose and Buffalo.
The Sabres traded Kane to the Sharks on February 26 as part of a deal that sent Danny O’Regan and some picks the other way. The terms of that swap added some complications, with the Sabres to receive San Jose’s first round draft pick for 2019 rather than the second-round selection. This pick is lottery-protected and can be moved to the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Kane seems to have found his footing in San Jose. He had nine goals and five assists in 17 games in California and the Sharks like what he brings to the table.
Drafted fourth overall in 2009 by the Atlanta Thrashers, Kane has 574 career NHL games split between the Thrashers/Jets franchise as well as the Sabres and Sharks. He was aboard the Thrashers when they moved to Winnipeg to become the Jets prior to the 2011-2012 season. He had a successful first season in the ‘Peg, but things were derailed in January thanks to a concussion.
In September of 2012, Kane signed a six-year deal with the Jets. He joined the KHL but struggled during the 2012-2013 NHL lockout, then returned to Winnipeg and clashed with head coach Paul Maurice. By February of 2015, he was traded to the Sabres.
As a Shark, Kane seems to be moving in the right direction once again. And for once, he’s on a great team.
“Getting traded here was great,” Kane said after the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs. “To be part of a winning environment again and getting to know this group of guys and the coaching staff and this organization as a whole definitely helps and definitely gives me a great idea about San Jose. It’s been really, really positive.”