Despite a spotty record off the ice, Evander Kane has somehow managed to land with a new team in the NHL after the former San Jose Sharks forward signed with the Edmonton Oilers for the rest of the 2021-22 campaign. Needless to say, the Oilers' decision to ink Kane has not been widely accepted, even by Edmonton's fans, but the 30-year-old winger wants them to give him a chance.
Kane appeared before the media Friday and made a plea for the fans to be “open-minded.”
“I want to clear up a lot of the misinformation, a lot of the storylines painting me in a certain light that are completely untrue, inaccurate and false,” Kane said. “I would encourage [fans] to be open-minded, to allow me to do what I do best and get to know me on the ice, off the ice, around the rink, in the community, and see what I bring to the table.
Kane was released by the Sharks earlier this month on the heels of different allegations against him. He was suspended last year for showing a fake COVID-19 vaccine card, accused by his ex-wife of abuse, and also admitted to being a gambling addict. Kane was also investigated by the NHL again for lying about his COVID-19 status, though it was not proven to he deliberately did it
The 30-year-old Kane is an undeniable talent on the ice, but his image off of it made it look as though he's never going to get back in the league again after splitting ways with the Sharks. But here he is about to play in the same line with arguably the best hockey player in the world today in Connor McDavid.